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Nasal Fracture Repair

aka Closed Nasal Reduction

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Procedure Overview

GOALS Restore an injured nose to its pre-injury state
PROCEDURE Nasal Fracture Repair / Closed Nasal Reduction
ANESTHESIA Local anesthesia alone or in combination with IV sedation
LENGTH 20 minutes
AFTER PROCEDURE Splints are removed after 7 days.
RECOVERY Resume normal activities after a couple of days, return to work in 1-7 days, resume full activity and exercise at 3 weeks.

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During Closed Nasal Reduction, the surgeon attempts to restore a fractured nose to its pre-injury state without surgery. After a nasal injury, there is a brief window of time during which the nose may be straightened nonsurgically. That window usually is ideally within 7 days of the nasal injury.

Candidates for Nasal Fracture Repair (Closed Nasal Reduction)
You may be a candidate for Nasal Fracture Repair if you have recently sustained an injury to your nose resulting in persistent nasal deformity, deviation, or difficulty with nasal breathing.

Nasal Fracture Repair (Closed Nasal Reduction) Surgery
If a nasal fracture is not reduced within the limited window of time prior to healing, more extensive surgery such a Reconstructive Rhinoplasty may be required to improve nasal deviation, deformity, or breathing impairment. Following severe nasal injury, nonsurgical methods alone may be insufficient to adequately improve the traumatic deformity.

Recovery after Nasal Fracture Repair (Closed Nasal Reduction)
Following Closed Nasal Reduction, you can expect a few days of swelling and soreness which is well controlled with oral pain medications. Any nasal packing is removed after 1 day. External nasal splints are removed after 7 days. By then, much of the nasal swelling is resolved and nasal breathing is improving. The nasal bones heal over several weeks. You can resume most normal activities after a couple of days. Most people are able to return to work in a week. Intense exercise may be resumed at about 3 weeks. Contact sports should be avoided for at least 6 weeks.

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