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Help ! nail polish and the operating room? Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

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Unread 02-22-2002, 10:45 PM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

princesses I have scheduled a manicure for the day before surgery - and found out today at work - from one RN who said they will not let me keep any on - if this is true - I'm getting one this weekend - the pedicure is also scheduled but that is a necessity, not a luxury - tumor swelly belly prevents me from even
getting my currnent polish off (my nieces did the painting months ago) - what is the scoop on no nail polish, not even clear(because it could harbor infection under the ploish she said) - short stubby nails dying to be lime green for a time- who cares if its not spring yet - I will be cooped up for weeks, and then it will be spring
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Unread 02-22-2002, 11:22 PM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

Hi Lynda - that's a question you'll need to as your DR as they all have their preferences...mine said polish was fine so I went in with pink glitter polish on so I'd feel more like a

Do whatever makes you feel good, as long as your DR approves.
Good luck and

- Linda
Unread 02-23-2002, 01:07 AM
nail polish


All doc's must have different view's, just like you I went in with a lovely sparkly purple on my toe's to brighten them up.
And was promptly given some polish remover as I got ready for theatre.

Sorry if I've put a damper on things.
Good Luck, hope everything goes ok for you

Love anne
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Unread 02-23-2002, 04:26 AM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

Hi Ljblank,

I agree in that you need to check with your Dr. and/or hospital.

Most hospitals will not allow colored finger nail polish, although clear polish MAY be fine. I wore colored toe nail polish and that was fine with my hospital, but no fingernail polish was permitted.

But, as you have already seen, sometimes finger nail polish is ok. The main reason that fingernail polish is not allowed is due to monitoring equipment that is placed on a finger....also, the fingernail beds are a good place to check to be sure that the blood is oxygenating well.

Best wishes and s
Unread 02-23-2002, 05:43 AM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

Hi There!

I agree that it's important that you check with the DR/hospital on this, as it varies.

If you find they will not allow polish, then there is still a bright side: you can still have a manicure AND pedicure without polish. It will still make you feel good having the hands and feet cared for and primped, even if there won't be any polish applied.

Best wishes!
Unread 02-23-2002, 07:00 AM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

The reason colored nail polish is not allowed is that it can interfer with the monitoring - a pulse oximeter is placed on a finger to monitor the amount of oxygen in your blood during surgery. Usually clear polish is ok but you should check - otherwise why not a 'sports manicure' where your nails get buffed and almost look polished? Again, in my experience, unless you are having foot surgery toe nail polish is OK, but again check it out.

I myself am planning a decadent pedicure with vivid toe nails the day before surgery!

Unread 02-23-2002, 07:05 AM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

No toe or fingernail polish here for me before surgery. But, once I'm recovered, I'm going for a "spa day".

Eyebrow waxing, haircut and color, pedicure and manicure AND shopping at Victoria's Secret.

I'm putting off removing my red, really red, toenail polish until Monday night. Pre-op is Tuesday. So, I figure that's really the final sign for me.

Unread 02-23-2002, 09:15 AM

I called my dr. office and asked the very same question about the polish. I planned a pedicure for Monday afternoon, only to learn that I cannot have polish at all. So, I planned to get the pedicure anyway w/o polish and have my dd's polish them at the castle. I forgot to ask if I could put lotion on my body after I shower that morning. I though I would do w/o lotion except my legs.
Unread 02-23-2002, 09:34 AM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

I didn't want to take a chance, so I never even asked my doc. I took off my fingernail polish, just in case, but did up my toenails with bright red. I figure they could take it off if they didn't like it. I was so excited to hear the nurses' comments about my pretty toes, but wouldn't you know it, they put ugly cotton socks on me for surgery! Oh, well, at least they looked pretty at home the next week! Good luck!
Unread 02-23-2002, 10:01 AM
Help ! nail polish and the operating room?

thank you sisters all - the heck with clear polish - I just read my posts, and cancelled my pedicure/manicure for next Sunday (turned off my home medics wax thing a ma jig) , and called to schedule both for tomorrow - I couldn't find anyone to clean my house next week, and am feeling less flu-like - so have been cleaning bathrooms all morning (3), and doing all of my hand washables...I want me (yeah, me) to enjoy my purple (or lime) fingers and toe nails - you can bet I will be walking around the house barefoot for the next week! thanks alot

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