Post-traumatic rhinoplasty is used to address problems caused by an injured nose, such as issues with functionality or appearance.
It can involve the correction of the nasal septum through the ‘straightening’ of the nose by a surgeon. In many cases, post-traumatic rhinoplasty patients have suffered a broken nose which requires the surgeon to perform a re-fracturing of the nose, before re-setting it. Some cases require patients to wait up to a year after an injury before a post-traumatic rhinoplasty can be undertaken.
Typical candidates for a post-traumatic rhinoplasty can include those who have injured their nose playing sports, undertaking other outdoor activities or in an accident.
What does a post-traumatic rhinoplasty involve?
A post-traumatic rhinoplasty can require the reconstruction of different parts of the nose, depending on the nature of your injury. Your surgeon will examine the damage to the cartilage, skin, bones and septum, before deciding on the best course of correction.
In some cases, a crooked nose will need to be straightened, and in others, blocked airways will need to be opened up. A saddle nose – that is, a weakening of the nose’s mid section caused by a number of conditions – will sometimes need to be rebuilt. All of these procedures can be undertaken in a single post-traumatic rhinoplasty surgery in Bristol if necessary.
The length of your post-traumatic rhinoplasty will depend on the nature of your injury, but you can expect the surgery to last between one and three hours. Depending on the extent of the procedure, a choice of general anaesthetic, local anaesthetic or IV sedation will be agreed upon by the patient and the anaesthetist.
Swelling and general discomfort can be expected for a few days after your post-traumatic rhinoplasty. In most cases, you should be able to return to work no more than a week following the procedure.