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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 Christchurch Hospital Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) Department on (03) 364‑0985.

Over the next few days you should:

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

Written by Otolaryngology Department, Christchurch Hospital. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. December 2015.


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