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Toe Amputation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What do I need to know about toe amputation?

Toe amputation is surgery to remove all or part of your toe.

How do I prepare for toe amputation?

Your surgeon will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you after surgery.

What will happen during toe amputation?

You may be given anesthesia to numb your leg or foot. You may feel pressure or pushing during surgery, but you should not feel any pain. Your surgeon will make an incision near your toe. He or she will remove all or part of your toe. Your incision will be closed with stitches. A thick, soft bandage will be placed over your foot.

What will happen after toe amputation?

You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor you closely for any problems. When your healthcare provider sees that you are okay, you will be sent home. You may need to wear a medical shoe or boot for a time after surgery.

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What are the risks of toe amputation?

  • You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. You may feel pain, itching, or numbness where your toe was. 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.
  • 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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