Reduction of Fractured Nose

January 25, 2018
Septoplasty / Rhinoplasty
January 25, 2018

Reduction of Fractured Nose

What is reduction of a fractured nose?

A reduction of a fractured nose is a procedure to straighten the nose.

My anaesthetic

This procedure will require an anaesthetic. See About your anaesthetic information sheet for information about anaesthetic and the risks involved. If you have any concerns, discuss these with your doctor.

If you have not been given an information sheet, please ask for one.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure. They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:
  • Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room.
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.
Specific risks:
  • Bleeding. This may occur either at the time of the operation or in the first few weeks after the surgery. Bleeding after the surgery may require packing of the nose under local anaesthesia or may require another operation to stop the bleeding. A blood transfusion may be necessary depending on the amount of blood lost.
  • Reopening of pre-existing wounds.
  • Infection – this is usually treated with antibiotics but is rare.
  • Failure to straighten the nose with a persistent unsatisfactory cosmetic appearance requiring further manipulation or requiring formal corrective surgery at a later date.
  • Complications of the bones of the skull or eye piece.

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