Nasal fractures are a common injury in New York, particularly among athletes and those who participate in contact sports. When a nasal fracture occurs, the bones and cartilage in the nose may be displaced, causing pain, swelling and difficulty breathing. In some cases, surgery may be required to correct the problem.
Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, explains the two primary types of nasal fracture repair surgery: closed reduction and open reduction, and offers some insight as to when each type is necessary.
Closed Reduction Nasal Surgery
Closed reduction nasal surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves manipulating the nasal bones and cartilage back into their proper position without making any incisions. This procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and is often completed within an hour.
During closed reduction nasal surgery, Dr. Khosh will use specialized instruments to gently manipulate the bones and cartilage back into their proper position. This procedure is generally less invasive than open reduction nasal surgery, and patients typically experience less pain and swelling during the recovery period.
One of the primary benefits of closed reduction nasal surgery is that it is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed quickly and with minimal discomfort. However, it is important to note that not all nasal fractures can be treated with closed reduction surgery. In some cases, open reduction surgery may be required to correct the problem.
Open Reduction Nasal Surgery
Open reduction nasal surgery is a more invasive procedure that involves making an incision in the skin to access the nasal bones and cartilage. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours to complete.
During open reduction nasal surgery, Dr. Khosh will make an incision in the skin to access the nasal bones and cartilage. The bones and cartilage will then be manipulated back into their proper position, and the incision will be closed with sutures. Patients who undergo open reduction nasal surgery may experience more pain and swelling during the recovery period than those who undergo closed reduction surgery.
One of the primary benefits of open reduction nasal surgery is that it allows Dr. Khosh to manipulate the nasal bones and cartilage back more accurately into their proper position. This procedure is typically reserved for more severe nasal fractures or cases where closed reduction surgery has been unsuccessful.
Which Procedure is Right for You?
If you have suffered a nasal fracture, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Dr. Khosh can evaluate your injury and determine whether closed reduction or open reduction surgery is the best option for you.
In general, closed reduction nasal surgery is preferred for less severe nasal fractures, while open reduction surgery is reserved for more complex cases. However, every patient is unique, and the decision about which procedure to use will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the fracture and the patient’s overall health.
If you have suffered a nasal fracture in NYC, contact Maurice M. Khosh, MD, FACS, at (212) 339-9988 to request an exam and consultation.