Complete Nail Removal
Antibiotics are generally not needed after this type of surgery. After the removal of the nail plate, a non-adhesive sterile gauze will be used as dressing for the toe. A compression bandage will also be used to reduce bleeding. After the surgery, it is important to reduce movement in the first 24 hours. The leg should also be elevated to reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding. Pain medications such as ibuprofen may be taken to reduce pain. The dressing may be removed and soak the toes in warm water after 24 hours.Make sure to wash your hands before removing the dressing t o prevent infection. After soaking, dry the toe and place a sterile gauze on the toe. Keep the toe and the wound dry and avoid pressure on the toe during its healing period. You may wear comfortable shoes one week after the surgery.
Partial Nail Plate Removal
This is the most common type of procedure. The dressing placed after the surgery should not be removed for the next 48 hours. Elevate the feet to reduce bleeding and swelling. After 48 hours, you may remove the dressing and soak the toe in warm water and epsom salt. After soaking, dry the toe and apply antibiotic ointment. Repeat a few times per day. Avoid closed toed shoes 5-7 days after the procedure.
Nail Plate and Germinal Matrix Removal
The recovery from this procedure can take six to eight weeks. It can be longer if there was infection prior to the surgery. The toe will be dressed with sterile gauze that needs to be worn for two days. Elevation of the feet is highly recommended for the first couple of days. After removing the dressing, the toe can be soaked for ten to fifteen minutes in warm water or Epsom salt bath. Avoid pressure on the toe at all times. Post operative shoes may be worn a week after the surgery.
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