Advice following the procedure:
Your toe will be bandaged tight enough to prevent bleeding but not so tight it will cause severe pain. It will be numb due to local anaesthetic for up to 24hours post surgery. After that it will be sore but should at the most require strong pain killers such as Panadeine Forte or Tramadol.
Care of the Wound
- Keep your foot elevated as much as possible.
- Keep the bandage and dressing dry and clean until your first post-operative review.
What to Watch Out For
- Worsening pain
- Pus and offensive smell
Dr Johnston sees his toenail surgery patients 7 days post-surgery for their first dressing change in his rooms. Further instructions will be given then.
If you have had sedation for this procedure:
The drugs used may still be in your system.
You must make sure you have a responsible adult to care for you at home after the procedure.
Until the following morning you should not:
- Drive a vehicle, ride a bicycle or operate machinery
- Make any important decisions
- Sign legal documents
- Drink alcohol
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If you require further advice or experience problems contact our Admissions Nurse on 97912244 or Dr Johnston on 97211333. If after hours please contact your local hospital.
Bunbury Regional Hospital ph 97221000