Post Operative Care
PLEASE READ AND FOLLOW THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE
In order to minimize post-operative healing time and prevent complications such as infection, patients who have undergone nail surgery procedures are asked to follow these guidelines which will answer most of your questions and concerns
MY TOE STILL FEELS NUMB:
Your toe(s) has/have been anaesthetized with a local anaesthetic similar to that used by a dentist. As the freezing can take up to 2 hours to wear off, it is important to protect your toes from any trauma which might go unnoticed. Ideally, make arrangements to be picked up or call a taxi after the procedure. Be sure to wear roomy shoes which will not press on your toes.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY TOE BLEEDS OR HURTS?
In the first 24 –48 hours after your procedure, some slight spotting of blood may be noticed on the dressing. This is NOT a cause for alarm. In most cases, what appears to be “bleeding” is, in fact, only the brown antiseptic that we use routinely on nail surgery dressings. If the dressing appears bright red and soaked, call during clinic hours 936-8461 or the pager 936-4899 after hours, or go to your nearest walk-in clinic or hospital emergency department to have the dressing changed.
DO NOT TAMPER WITH DRESSING.
Most patients experience little or no pain in the immediate post-operative period. Should you experience discomfort after the local anaesthetic has worn off, you may choose to take an analgesic of your choice.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO WITH THE DRESSING?
A bulky padded sterile gauze dressing has been applied to your toe(s). It is essential unless otherwise advised by the Chiropodist, that this dressing is kept in place and absolutely dry until it is removed by the Chiropodist at your follow-up appointment which is usually 5 –7 days. Should the dressing become loose, reinforce the area with a suitable tape of your own. Do not soak or bathe your toe(s).
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I RETURN FOR MY FIRST DRESSING CHANGE?
Upon your return to the foot clinic in 5 – 7 days the Chiropodist will remove the dressing and note the progress of healing. The toe(s) will then be redressed. If the area is healing well, the Chiropodist will prescribe a topical antiseptic and/or antibiotic and a course of home treatment to do yourself. Verbal instruction will be given to you at this stage. Please do not hesitate to ask the Chiropodist any questions you may have about home dressings.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE MY TOE TO HEAL?
An average of 6 – 8 weeks are required from the time of the operation until healing is complete. You will be required to attend the clinic as recommended by your Chiropodist, at regular intervals until the area has healed completely. Please do not hesitate to ask the Chiropodist any questions you may have.
WHAT WILL MY TOE(S) LOOK LIKE AFTERWORDS?
As our method of nail surgery virtually ensures no future nail re-growth, you will be left with either a narrower nail or no nail at all depending on the procedure performed. Do not be alarmed at the appearance of the area in the first few weeks as the tissues are undergoing healing and will appear swollen and crushed.
WHAT DO I DO IF I NOTICE THE NAIL RE-GROWING?
In the unlikely event that the nail should re-grow in the area that the procedure was performed, contact your Chiropodist for advice and/or further treatment.
It is in your best interest to comply with the above advice. This will result in quicker healing and fewer return appointments for dressing changes.
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