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Caring for your broken nose after surgery

Te manaaki i tō ihu tāwhatiwhati i muri i te pokanga

When 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. Last reviewed October 2023.


Page reference: 172077

Review key: HIBKN-171363