Onychocryptosis surgery; Onychomycosis; Unguis incarnates surgery; Ingrown toenail removal; Toenail
Try to reduce activity and rest your foot. Avoid bumping your toe or putting a lot of pressure on it. You may want to wear open-toed shoes. If wearing closed shoes, make sure they are not too tight. Wear cotton socks.
You may need to do this for about 2 weeks.
You can likely resume your normal activities within a week. Getting back to sports may take a little longer.
Keep your wound covered both day and night in the first week. You can let your toe remain uncovered at night in the second week. This helps the wound heal.
See your provider again in 2 to 3 days or as recommended.
You had surgery to remove part or all of your toenail. This was done to relieve pain and discomfort due to an ingrown toenail. Ingrown toenails can occurs when the edge of your toenail grows into the skin of the toe.
Change the dressing about 12 to 24 hours after the surgery. Follow your provider's instructions for changing the dressing. Your provider may recommend soaking your foot in warm water before removing the dressing. This helps the bandage not stick to the wound.
Change the dressing once or twice a day or as suggested by your provider.
Soak your feet 2 to 3 times a day in the bath containing:
Dry your feet and apply antibiotic ointment your provider has given you. Dress the wound to keep it clean.
The toenail may grow inward again. To prevent this, follow these tips:
You may feel pain once the pain-numbing medicine wears off. Take the pain reliever your provider recommends.
You may notice:
At home you should:
Call your provider if you notice:
The health care provider will most often numb your toe with a local anesthesia before the procedure starts. The provider will cut the part of the nail that has grown into the skin of the toe. Either part of the nail or the entire nail will have been removed.
The surgery took an hour or less and your provider has covered the wound with a bandage. You can go home the same day.
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Review Date: 12/10/2016
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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