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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A toe amputation is surgery to remove all or part of your toe.
HOW TO PREPARE:
The week before your surgery:
- Write down the correct date, time, and location of your surgery.
- Arrange a ride home. Ask a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery or procedure. Do not drive yourself home.
- Ask your healthcare provider if you need to stop using aspirin or any other prescribed or over-the-counter medicine before your procedure or surgery.
- Bring your medicine bottles or a list of your medicines when you see your healthcare provider. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Tell your provider if you use any herbs, food supplements, or over-the-counter medicine.
The night before your surgery:
Ask healthcare providers about directions for eating and drinking.
The day of your surgery:
- You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives healthcare providers permission to do the procedure or surgery. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
- Ask your healthcare provider before you take any medicine on the day of your surgery. Bring a list of all the medicines you take, or your pill bottles, with you to the hospital. Providers will check that your medicines will not interact poorly with the medicine you need for surgery.
- Healthcare providers may insert an intravenous tube (IV) into your vein. A vein in the arm is usually chosen. Through the IV tube, you may be given liquids and medicine.
- An anesthesiologist will talk to you before your surgery. You may need medicine to keep you asleep or numb an area of your body during surgery. Tell healthcare providers if you or anyone in your family has had a problem with anesthesia in the past.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN:
What will happen:
Your surgeon will make an incision near your toe. He will remove all or part of your toe. He will stitch the skin back together. A thick, soft bandage will be placed over your foot.
After your surgery:
You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your healthcare provider says it is okay. When your healthcare provider sees that you are okay, you will be taken to your hospital room or sent home.
CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF:
- You cannot make it to your surgery.
- You have a fever.
- You have a cold or the flu.
- You have questions or concerns about your surgery.
Seek Care Immediately if
- The problems for which you are having the surgery get worse.
- You may feel pain, itching, or numbness where your toe was, even after it is removed. Your scar may be painful after it heals. Your other toes could curl inward or look crooked. Your other toes may move into the space created by your missing toe. You could get an infection.
- Your wound may not heal properly. This may lead to another amputation. Infection or poor blood flow during surgery could damage the tissue in your other toes. You may get a blood clot in your leg. This may become life-threatening.
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