Nasal Fracture

Post-Operative Instructions Nasal Fracture

Patient Information
This nose surgery moves the broken bones back into their original position. Sometimes a splint will be put on the nose after surgery. This is to protect the nose from pressure. Right after surgery a strong bump in the nose can move the bones out of position. So, don’t bang the nose after surgery. If the splint falls off, you can tape it back on. Do this for the first few days.
The undesirable results that may occur include a hole in the septum, infection, failure to completely improve breathing, postoperative bleeding, and nasal crusting.

Additional Information
The nose will be fully healed in 5-6 weeks. Avoid contact sports until then unless you are wearing protective gear.
Bleeding from the nose is normal. You can put a piece of gauze under the nose and tape it to your cheek. During the first few days you may have to change the gauze several times. The bleeding, if it is occurring should taper off during the first few days.
It is ok to blow you nose softly.

You can eat anything you want. However, no aspirin for 3 days.

Your nose will be congested and sore.

You can shower or bath.

Contacting Dr. Szwarc:
First, call the office if it is daytime. The number is 229-226-1443. The office staff is often the quickest way to locate Dr. Szwarc. At night or when the office is closed, call the hospital operator at (229) 228-2000 and state your name and phone number where you can be reached. Ask the operator to page Dr. Szwarc or the ENT on call.

Contact Dr. Szwarc according to the above instructions. If Dr. Szwarc is away, another physician will be covering emergencies.
Go to the emergency room if an urgent problem arises.