Ingrown Toenail Care -
Post Operative Care of Ingrown Toenails
The ingrown toenail surgery we usually do requires NO STITCHES and most people experience LITTLE, if any, pain, and NO TIME OFF WORK when these instructions are followed:
1. Keep the foot clean and dry and leave the dressing on for one day.
2. Minor bleeding is normal and can be controlled by elevating the foot or applying ice to the area. Do not remove the dressing if it bleeds; apply additional gauze instead.
3. The anesthesia will wear off in 1-2 hours. Most people require no pain medication at all, but Tylenol, Aspirin or Ibuprofen work well when needed.
4a. The day after surgery, begin soaking your foot according to the following:
- Prepare soaking solution by dissolving 1 tbsp. of table or Epsom salt per pint of warm water.
- Soak foot WITH THE BANDAGE ON for 10-15 minutes THREE times a day.
- After soaking, remove the bandage, pat dry and apply 1-2 drops of the antibiotic solution prescribed into the groove where the nail was removed.
- Replace the previous dressing with a Band Aid.
5. Some drainage from the nail surgery site is normal and desirable because this is the way the body rids itself of the toenail "root cells" that we killed. Moderate redness around the nail surgery site is also normal unless the amount of redness increases dramatically.
6. In approximately 5% of patients or less, the nail will grow back or continue to curl. If that happens, a repeat procedure is usually done.
7. Promptly report any excessive pain, redness or throbbing to Dr. Soulier.
8. Return to the office as scheduled for a follow-up visit.
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