Nail Surgery Post-Op Information

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One to two days after nail surgery you will be brought back into the clinic for a review and dressing change. This is included in the price of the surgery. If there is blood coming through the dressing before your check up, apply another dressing or plaster above this and do not remove the bandage. If you start to get pain in the toe as the local anaesthetic wears off, you can take painkillers that you would usually take for a headache or muscle pain if the toe starts to hurt.

If your dressing gets wet before your next appointment, then you need to follow the following instructions to change your dressing. 

doctor curing the toe of patient - nail surgery post op information

Following Your Recent Review appointment, please note the following points:

What to expect for the next few weeks:

Nail Surgery in foot clinic Galway
It is normal to experience pain and redness around the nail surgery site and some discharge from the wound itself over the first week after surgery. There might also be bruising around the injection site of the anaesthetic. Once the toe starts to heal, a scab will form over the site (Do not pick this off). Sometimes you can get an infection post surgery. If an infection occurs you might need to go to your GP for an antibiotic.
If you suspect an infection get in contact with your podiatrist.

Signs of Infection:

Avoid any sporting activities that may cause pressure, trauma, or contaminate the wound site until a scab has formed. (e.g. football, running, swimming, etc.)
If you are getting nail surgery with phenolisation (Acid to burn of the nail root) be advised that sometimes it may not work. The phenol can be neutralised by an infection or too much bleeding to the site. You will be asked to return for a review in 4-8 weeks depending on the surgery to assess for any nail regrowth and to check how the area is healing.
Proper ways to cut your toe nails

To avoid any further problems with your nails, please be advised of the following:

  1. Always cut the nail straight across and not too short and smooth away any sharp edges.
  2. Do not pick at your toe nails or tear them off when you have one side cut with the nail clipper.
  3. Wear appropriate shoes and hosiery that offer enough width to prevent compression of your toes.
If you are concerned about anything or need further information, please contact us at the clinic and we will be happy to help.