Manipulation of the Nasal Bones under a Local Anaesthetic (MUA of Nose)

Patient Experience

  • Reference Number: HEY-246/2020
  • Departments: ENT
  • Last Updated: 27 February 2020


This leaflet has been produced to give you general information about your procedure.  Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet.  It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion.  If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team who has been caring for you.

What is an MUA of the nose?

You have probably had an injury to your nose, following a fall or other incident.  Further to a discussion with your doctor, they have advised that you undergo a manipulation of the nasal bones, under a local anaesthetic (MUA of nose).  This is in order to attempt to fully realign your nose and improve your breathing.

Can there be any complications or risks?

MUA of the nose should be undertaken between 7 and 14 days post injury; this is to ensure that the nasal bones have not incorrectly set in place.  Prior to the procedure, please remember to inform your doctor of any allergies to drugs which you may have.

In order for the procedure to take place, local anaesthetic is injected into either side of the nose.  Sometimes following the procedure, there may be a little bleeding from your nose, but this does not happen very often.  Unfortunately, there is a chance that the procedure may not be completely successful.

Post treatment advice

  • Be careful not to knock your nose for 2-3 weeks following the procedure
  • If you notice your shape of your nose has not improved after a period of 1-2 months, please return to your GP for a referral back to the ENT Rhinoplasty clinic
  • If your airway has not improved or your feel congested again, please return to your doctor for a referral back to ENT

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the ENT Department (01482) 468380.

General Advice and Consent

Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.

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The information you receive should be about your condition, the alternatives available to you, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:

  • you must be able to give your consent
  • you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
  • you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person

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