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Posted by cragfoot on October 21, 2000 at 18:53:55:

In Reply to: Toe removal posted by Charley on October 15, 2000 at 09:31:00:

: I had one of my Toenails removed on Wednesday. How long will the pain last? I had to change dressing yesterday for the first time. That pretty did me in. The bandage was stuck and had to be soaked for 2 hours. I had to take 2 codine tablets and boy that didn't eve take the edge off. My toe is still swollen and brusied. Is this normal? I was suppose to have both nails removed on November 3rd but I got badly infected and required emergencey surgery. Don't think I can do it a second time. The surgeon told me to start thinking of a time to have a toenails beds removed too. He said taking off the toenail wasn't going to help....just buy me time still the new nails grow in. I have thickened curved toenails. Does anyone know of anything that would help without having to have the beds removed. The surgeon told me he can offer me no other solution. There is no good time for me to have this done. I have a 4 year old with CF and can't afford to be laid up. Any ideas?

When the surgeon was talking removing the nail bed, he probable meant the nail matrix, from where
the toenail grows. This can be done surgically, but most of the time, instead of cutting away the
matrix, it can be chemically destroyed (what a Podiatrist would call a "P & A"). The difference
is night and day as far as post op care. The chemical method typically does not lay a person up.
If a little cortisone is applied to the matrix after the procedure, most people don't even have much
pain. This procedure can be done for a entire toenail, or just an edge that is ingrown.

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