Postoperative Instructions: CR Nasal Bone Fracture

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Postoperative Instructions After Closed Reduction of Nasal Bone Fracture:

  1. Rest and Limit Activity: Rest is crucial for proper healing. Avoid strenuous activities, especially those that could potentially impact your nose or cause further injury. Follow your doctor's recommendations regarding activity restrictions.
  2. Pain Management: Take any prescribed pain medication as directed by your doctor. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also be used as needed, following the recommended dosage.
  3. Nasal Care: Keep the nasal area clean and dry. Your doctor may provide specific instructions on how to clean around the splint or dressing. Avoid blowing your nose forcefully, as this could disrupt the healing process.
  4. Nasal Splint Care: If a nasal splint or dressing was applied after the reduction, follow your doctor's instructions for caring for it. Keep it dry and avoid getting it wet unless otherwise instructed.
  5. Swelling and Ice Packs: Swelling is common after nasal surgery. Apply ice packs or cold compresses to the area as directed by your doctor to help reduce swelling and discomfort. Use a cloth or towel to protect your skin from direct contact with the ice.
  6. Head Elevation: Keeping your head elevated, especially while sleeping, can help reduce swelling. Use extra pillows to elevate your head and upper body while resting.
  7. Avoiding Pressure on the Nose: Avoid putting pressure on your nose, such as wearing glasses or sunglasses, until your doctor advises it is safe to do so. If necessary, your doctor may provide alternative options for wearing eyewear.
  8. Follow-up Appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor. These appointments are essential for monitoring your healing progress and ensuring that the nasal bones remain properly aligned.
  9. Diet and Nutrition: Maintain a healthy diet to support the healing process. Ensure you stay hydrated and consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals that promote healing.
  10. Watch for Signs of Complications: Be vigilant for any signs of infection, such as increased pain, redness, warmth, or drainage from the surgical site. Also, watch for signs of nasal obstruction or difficulty breathing that may indicate a need for further evaluation.
  11. Contact Your Doctor: If you have any concerns or experience unexpected symptoms during your recovery, such as severe pain, persistent bleeding, or difficulty breathing, contact your doctor immediately for guidance.

Following these postoperative instructions diligently can help promote proper healing and reduce the risk of complications after closed reduction of a nasal bone fracture. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery, do not hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider for assistance.