Trauma to the nose can cause the nasal bones to fracture, and potentially cause their deviation from the midline. In the case of a broken, deviated nose, consultation with an ENT surgeon is recommended within the first 5-7 days after injury. If the injury is attended to early enough, it may be the fracture can be reduced under an anaesthetic and the nasal bones pushed back into the midline. This may mean a patient avoids a larger operation in the future.
When the injury occurred in the more distant past, a larger operation on the bones and cartilages of the nose may be required to correct the defect and allow a patient to breath more easily through their nose. This operation is known as a septorhinoplasty. Dr Hodge can assess your nose and discuss the best treatment option for you.