How long is the recovery from ingrown toenail surgery? Recovery normally takes between four to six weeks. Walking is possible immediately, and patients can return to work after 48 hours. Our advice is to wear open-toe shoes for seven days after the surgery to promote healing and comfort.
What should I do after ingrown toenail surgery?
Gently dry the area and apply antibiotic ointment after showering. Avoid baths, swimming, or soaking the toe for the next 2 weeks. Try to keep the toe clean and dry. Your bandage will help to pad and protect the wound, while absorbing drainage from the wound.
How long does ingrown toenail surgery take?
The procedure takes less than 5 minutes once the toe is numb. Typical recoveries have limited to no discomfort and usually alleviate ingrown nail discomfort within 24 hours. After surgery we ask patients to apply.
How long does it take a toe to heal after toenail removal?
Everyone is different but on average it takes four to six weeks to heal if part of the nail is removed and 10 to 12 weeks if the whole nail is removed. During this time you will be able to walk and carry on your life as normal although you should avoid sporting activities or dancing.
Can you wear socks after ingrown toenail surgery?
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.
Why is my toe throbbing after ingrown toenail removal?
However, when the anaesthesia wears off after the surgery, patients often experience some level of soreness around the toe that underwent surgery. In some cases this may be followed by a small throb that lasts for a couple of days.
How long after ingrown toenail surgery can I swim?
How Soon Can You Swim After Ingrown Toenail Surgery? Avoid swimming for at least 7 days following the ingrown toenail removal. After this period, dress the toe with a waterproof dressing for another 2 weeks. Getting the affected area wet too soon could cause infection.
How bad does it hurt to get an ingrown toenail removed?
The entire ingrown toenail surgery is completely painless due to the effects of the anesthetic. By the time the anesthetic wears off, your pain level will be significantly reduced from where it was before the procedure. Downtime is extremely minimal for almost all patients.
Are you awake during ingrown toenail surgery?
You’ll be awake and comfortable throughout the surgery. If the toe is infected, we’ll drain off the pus and prescribe antibiotics. The part of the nailbed exposed by the surgery will be treated with the chemical phenol, which prevents regrowth of the nail in that area, giving you lasting relief from the problem.
Should I cover my toe after toenail removal?
To promote healing after toenail removal, we generally recommend that you: Wash around the wound with water twice daily, as directed. Keep the toe covered with a thin layer of petroleum jelly or antibiotic ointment, as recommended, and a nonstick bandage during the first week.
Should I get my toenail removed?
If you have a difficult to treat fungal nail infection, or if you have a suppressed immune system or diabetes, your podiatrist may recommend removal of the affected toenail to prevent the infection from spreading to other toenails or beyond your feet.
Is removing a toenail Painful?
The procedure involves removal of either all of, or part of the painful toenail. The nail bed is then destroyed to prevent unwanted painful regrowth. The procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic so patients do not feel any pain during the surgery.