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HealthInfo West Coast-Te Tai Poutini

Caring for your broken nose after surgery

Plaster on a broken noseWhen you have your broken nose straightened, you will have a local anaesthetic, which numbs your nose for two to four hours.

Afterwards, it is best to get someone to drive you home – or to wait two hours before you drive.

When you are home:

If the pain continues, or if you become hot and feverish with a nasty green nose discharge, phone the Emergency Department at Grey Base Hospital on (03) 769‑7400 or Buller Hospital on (03) 788‑9030.

Over the next few days you should:

You should also avoid contact sport for the next four weeks as your nose heals.

Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Adapted by the West Coast DHB. Page created December 2015.


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