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Unread 08-22-2005, 01:38 PM
Acrylic Nails

This is a silly question, but I need to know: Does anyone know if I can keep my acrylic nails for surgery? How about polish on my toes? I had sugery about 20 years ago and couldn't wear nail polish then, but I heard they don't care about that anymore. Does anyone know why?
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Unread 08-22-2005, 01:53 PM
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I was told that I could keep my nails as long as I didn't have polish on.

Reason - they put that thing on your finger to monitor your oxygen level.
Unread 08-22-2005, 01:58 PM
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It seems that the preference is different between docs, and hospitals, I kept the acrylic, and was able to keep my toes polished but I have seen some ladies on these boards that have had to ditch the nails.. I has to do with seeing the color of the nail bed, that can tell them at a glance, if your getting enough oxygen..
Good luck
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Unread 08-22-2005, 02:01 PM
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I hate to get rid of mine. And the polish on my toes. No polish, makeup, hairspray, nothing that makes me beautiful! LOL!
Unread 08-22-2005, 02:09 PM
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My dr told me that I could have my nails as long as they were clear so he could see my nail bed so they could monitor my O2 during surgery. As part of my pre-op pampering, the day before surgery I got a manicure, pedicure and a massage. I was glad too, because I spent a lot of time looking at my toes over the next couple of weeks! Ask your Dr and if he does not mind treat yourself. It is a good way to relax away your pre-op jitters.
Unread 08-22-2005, 02:19 PM
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I didn't have to remove finger or toe nail polish for my surgery.
That's what the oxygen finger monitor is for.

Every doctor has different protocols... wish they could come up with something to allow you to still wear makeup though

Some of us are soooooooooo vain
Unread 08-22-2005, 02:46 PM
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Hi. I was told during a couple of my surgeries that as long as my nail polish wasn't chipped, I could have it on my fingernails, no accrylic nails and as for toes-go to town!! The nurse told me that the toes were no problem and I could even wear my own socks to surgery because it is cold in there. The reason for nail polish needing to be fresh and un-chipped was for sterilization reasons. The reason you're not supposed to wear jewelry or fake nails is due to the possibility of them getting knocked off and lost. If they can't find them during or after the procedure, there's always the possibility that they are IN you-and you don't want that, do ya!?

Imagine: "Doctor, the patient has a missing nail."
"Miss Nurse, find it immediately." (all nurses search the entire surgical suite)
"Doctor, sir, we can't find the nail anywhere!"
Doctor searches your internal area for a while. No nail is discovered. X-rays are performed at additional cost to you. Still no sign of the missing nail.
"Well, I guess the incision will have to be closed anyway. Let's administer extra antibiotics, just in case."
Later on...
"Hey, Julie!(Miss Nurse) Have you been scratching your butt? "
Julie discovers your nail on the butt of her scrubs.

Well, it was funny in MY head-anyway!!
Unread 08-22-2005, 04:13 PM
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I was told to remove all polish from all nails. They really need to see the nails, they can tell if somethings going not right. Safty first. I don't have them but did trim mine back...glad I did. Believe me your not going to care. Best wishes.
Unread 08-22-2005, 05:08 PM
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I was told to take the polish off. I was worried about my nails and my husband told me I was being so VAIN. He said "you take them off every 6 weeks anyways, 2 weeks early is not going to matter". He took me 10 days after my surgery to get new ones. Yes they can tell your O2 levels other ways.When drugs don't work for you it shows up in your nails even the next day.
Unread 08-22-2005, 05:22 PM
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I say call the pre-op department at your hospital and ask!!! At my hospital no polish is what I was told, but then I dont have artificial.


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