Thomas Kiely, DPM
Mark Pietz , DPM
Charles Reilly , DPM
Post-Op Nail Procedure Instructions
1. You may experience some slight bleeding through your dressing, this is normal. You can elevate the affected foot and apply mild compression.

2. The local anesthesia that was used will last approximately 4 - 6 hours.

3. After this time you may experience mild discomfort. You may take an over-the-counter pain medication (Tylenol, Advil) or you may have received a prescription for:

4. It will be necessary for you to soak the affected foot in warm water and one capful of Betadine Solution or Epsom Salts. Do this for 20 minutes, once in the morning and once in the evening. You can begin this on the morning following the procedure.

5. After soaking, you will apply a topical antibiotic cream to the affected nail border. You may use an over-the-counter cream (bacitracin, neosporin) or you have received a prescription for (silvadene, corticosporin otic drops).

6. Cover the area with a band-aid.

7. You will return for a check-up in 1 - 2 weeks.

8. If you notice any of the following, contact your physician:

increase in pain.


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