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Unread 07-07-2007, 09:00 PM
Acrylic Nails?

Do I have to take off my nails for surgery? I know that they don't like polish on your finger or toe nail but do I have to remove my fake nails if it is a french manicure. Does anyone know?

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Unread 07-07-2007, 09:03 PM
Acrylic Nails?

I am going to ask the same question at my pre-op on Wednesday. I am going to be major bummed if I have to remove them. I know, I's for my safety but hurts the pocket book.

Unread 07-07-2007, 09:14 PM
Acrylic Nails?

Hi Sheldymarie,

I don't know about acrylic nails but my doctor said it was ok to leave on my nail polish. I would imagine acrylic nails would be less of problem than polish would be.
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Unread 07-07-2007, 09:16 PM
Acrylic Nails?

When I had my ablation done last June I didn't have to take my nails off. I was glad too, I had just had them filled. )

Unread 07-07-2007, 09:18 PM
Acrylic Nails?

My DR said that a French acrylic was ok, but that any colored polished nails had to be removed prior to surgery. Every DR is different though, so don't be shy and ask. I hope that your surgery goes off without a hitch and that your recovery is easy. Hugs to you, Jenn
Unread 07-07-2007, 11:30 PM
Acrylic Nails?

Good luck ladies! I just got home. The dr told me she didn't care if I left my polish on or not.
I decided not to get a fill before I went in, just in case they removed the polish. I also left my toes painted too.
The nurses all commented on how nice my nails looked!
Unread 07-08-2007, 02:01 AM
Acrylic Nails?

I have never had to have acrylics taken off for surgery.
Unread 07-08-2007, 08:13 AM
Acrylic Nails?

Here in Ontario, the nurse at my pre-op appt advised me that they are developing a policy (likely local to our hospital in Barrie) that all acrylic, gel nails will have to be removed. Their reason is that they "harbor" bacteria...and it protects them with any lawsuits......?????

I snuck in before their policy, so only had to have them cut down and polish removed.
Unread 07-08-2007, 08:43 AM
Acrylic Nails?

Definitely ask about them when you have your pre-op. I couldn't have anything on my nails. If you do have to remove them maybe you could get by with only removing 1 or 2 nails instead of all of them. You could ask them about that.

They use a pulse oximeter to measure your oxygen levels and it is placed over your finger nail (usually your index finger.) and it's really hard to get an accurate reading with nail polish on especially dark nail polish...I'm not sure about the artificial nails though ...I work in pediatrics and not a lot of experience with those

Desiree has a good point about the germs that are harbored under acrylic and gel nail even with good handwashing (who knew). In many states health professionals are not allowed to wear them if they have patient contact because of the germs. It could be a reason that they want them removed for surgery.

Best wishes for surgery and a speedy recovery
Unread 07-08-2007, 09:24 AM
Acrylic Nails?

I was told to remove my acrylics and not to have any polish on for my surgery. I removed them 2 weeks prior so that I could use a nail hardner to make my natural ones look better before taking even that off.

Having needed emergency surgery last year after an accident with a knife, knife sharpener and my thumb, I had to RIP my nails off, with the help of a male nurse, minutes before surgery. There was no time to use acetone. I was given three reasons for this. The most important was the pulse meter thingy that they use on your finger during surgery and post op. THEN I was told that the colour of the skin under the finger nails is the quickest gauge for surgical staff to assess your oxygen levels - skin changes colour their first. PLUS, there is the matter of unnecessary germs.

Just something to think about when worrying about the price of a fill or replacement nails. I do mine myself and was so glad that I do, as it kept me busy for a little while in a time in which I can still do frustratingly little.

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