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Nail Polish and Hysterectomy

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Nail polish before hysterectomyCan I wear polish on my fingers and toes for my surgery? I was thinking of scheduling a manicure and pedicure a couple days before my hysterectomy.


There are a wide variety of answers for this question, so check with your surgeon and medical facility to determine what is acceptable for you. Some do not allow any nail polish on fingers or toes, while others will okay it for the toes only. In some cases, clear polish is allowed.

Nail polish restrictions are in place to allow for proper monitoring of your blood circulation and oxygen saturation. During surgery, a pulse oximeter is likely to be used on a finger or toe. Though these devices can monitor the oxygen level in your blood, variables such as dark finger nail polish may affect their accuracy. If your numbers drop during your procedure, the operating room staff may want to check your nail beds to verify the monitor’s reading. A blue color can indicate your oxygen levels are low. Pressing your nail beds can also help your surgical staff determine if you have adequate circulation. If your nail beds do not turn pink quickly, it can indicate a problem.

Each surgeon and medical facility will follow different protocols for monitoring blood circulation and oxygen levels. Their policies and the equipment they use will help determine if you can wear nail polish. Before scheduling a manicure or pedicure, give your doctor a call. Artificial nails and gels may also interfere with monitoring your levels, so you should also check before having these applied in the days leading to your surgery.



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

07-01-2013 - 03:49 PM


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