Because the nose protrudes outward, it is easily injured from a fall or blow to the face. In fact, a broken nose is probably the most common bony injury of the body. A broken nose not only alters a person’s appearance, but it may also lead to persistent nasal bleeding, loss of smell, blocked nasal breathing, continuous tearing from tear duct blockage, infection of the nasal septum due to hematoma (bleeding underneath the surface of the nasal lining), sinusitis, eye socket injury, deviated septum and alteration of voice. There is even the possibility of an infection spreading to the brain after a nasal injury.
Dr. Volpi resets the broken nose back into place in the operating room using sedation and anesthesia. This makes it much easier for the patient to tolerate the procedure. At the same time, Dr. Volpi can take care of other internal nasal injuries that may have occurred, such as deviated septum or sinus blockages. A protective splint is placed over the nose to keep the injured tissues in place. Healing of a broken nose takes two to three weeks.