A broken or fractured nose is a common result of sporting injury or other trauma. It can result in either a change of the shape of the nose, reduced breathing or both. More significantly, a blood collection under the lining of the nose (septal haematoma) can occur which may compromise the structure and support of the nose in the longer term.
A broken nose requires to be re-set within the first 2-3 weeks after injury, before the fracture lines are set. After this point, the bones are not mobile, and an open operation, called a rhinoplasty, may be required.
A straight forward, closed reduction of a nasal fracture may be performed in hospital, under a short anaesthetic.
Please ensure any trauma to the nose is evaluated promptly by your local doctor, and that early referral to your ENT Surgeon is sought where necessary.