The best person to determine whether you have a broken nose is an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist. Wilson DuMornay, MD treats nasal fractures with an expert hand at Broward ENT Services, and his skills come highly recommended. If you think your nose might be broken, contact the Fort Lauderdale, Florida practice online or over the phone.
A nasal fracture, or broken nose, is a crack or break in the bone or cartilage inside your nose. Any of the following can accompany a broken nose:
Your nose is the feature that protrudes the most from your face, so it’s particularly vulnerable to injury. A broken nose is usually caused by trauma to the face from:
When Dr. DuMornay sees you for a potentially broken nose, he first asks about your symptoms and the incident that caused the symptoms. He also assesses your physical appearance for deformities and other signs of a broken nose.
Then, he records information about your medical history, particularly any previous injuries or procedures you’ve had on your nose.
After that, Dr. DuMornay looks at your nose and assesses it for tenderness, shape, and alignment. He may use a nasal speculum to get a better look inside your nose.
If he needs to investigate further, Dr. DuMornay may order X-rays or a CT scan. Usually, a physical examination is enough to determine whether or not you have a broken nose.
Dr. DuMornay uses a process called a closed reduction to reposition your nose manually if it’s misaligned. He performs this adjustment in-office and then places a cast over your nose to help it heal correctly.
It’s important to see Dr. DuMornay right away if you think you might have broken your nose. If more than two weeks pass without treatment, you may not be a good candidate for closed reduction anymore and may have to wait several months to have rhinoplasty surgery.
If a nosebleed accompanies your broken nose, Dr. DuMornay may pack it with gauze. If you have a septal hematoma (blood clot on the septum), he may have to make an incision to allow the clot to drain.
If you think you’ve broken your nose, contact the Fort Lauderdale, Florida ENT professionals at Broward ENT Services online or over the phone to get quick, effective treatment.