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Unread 04-28-2002, 07:20 PM
Ok, silly question time

I almost feel like a weenie (and a bit frivolous) for asking a silly question such as this... but do you have to have all nail polish removed from fingers and toes before surgery?

I'm going for TVH on May 9th (with general "A", oh boy) and was thinking about pampering myself with a manicure/pedicure beforehand. BUT-- if they are only going to make me remove all the pretty sparklies from my fingers and toes, then I won't bother.

Ahh, and don't be fooled. This LIW is one seriously nervous wreck. I devour each and every word that's written here on the pre-op board and find more things to worry about every day. But I also find more comfort and sisterly love than I ever could have imagined. For that, I am truly grateful to each and every one of you.

I received my book, "Through the Land of Hyster" and my big comfy Princess T-shirt yesterday!!! YIPPEE!! I love them both and am looking forward to using them well!

Blessings to all,
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Unread 04-28-2002, 07:29 PM

Well I live in Neew Zealand so do not know if it would be the same where you are, but here yes definately, all nail polish has to be off along with jewlry.
Best wishes for your up coming surgery, hang in there mate you are on your way to be a healthier and happier woman. You will be in my thoughts. Hugs Vicki
Unread 04-28-2002, 07:37 PM
Fingers Only

It may be different for each case.. but I was told the polish had to be off fingers only... so I am planning on having a great pedicure before hand and have some really crazy colors and deco on them!
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Unread 04-28-2002, 07:39 PM
Ok, silly question time

I asked my nail lady and she said that it all depends on the doctors or nurse. When I went in for a different procedure a couple of years ago, the admitting nurse said no polish, acrylics, etc, so I took off my nails. The nurse in the procedure room said I didn't have to take off the nails. I do know no polish. My nail lady took all her products to the hospital and they checked them all out and they all were okay, but again it depends on the doctor. I'm going on May 15th for my nails and we are going to soak them off and put on a new set and then buff them up and Nan (nail lady) said I shouldn't have any problems, especially they are going to be a brand new set and not so much acrylic build up.

I would probably still check w/your doctor and see what he/she says.
Unread 04-28-2002, 07:44 PM
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Hope this helps. I had my surgery 4/18 and I couldn't have any polish or jewelry on. They even made me pull my hair band out of my hair because it had metal on it. I had wanted my hair pulled back, to keep it from getting all tangled up. But different locations could have different policies. Just ask your DR or the people on the surgical ward that will be taking care of you.

Unread 04-28-2002, 07:46 PM
Ok, silly question time

All hospitals are different. Call yours. I had my surgery 4/23 and was told acrylic nails were ok. clear polish or pink polish was ok. I've had other procedures in other hospitals and have been given other information. Good luck
Unread 04-28-2002, 07:47 PM

Thanks for the quick replies everyone! Technology is way cool!

And to Vicki in NZ-- Ki a ora! My DH is native hawaiian, and did polynesian shows for much of his life... so I've learned a bit of the maori culture. (sorry for interjecting that non-hyster related stuff there, folks)

*sigh* so much for the acrylics then. Maybe I'll save that pampering for when I'm all better!

Unread 04-28-2002, 08:18 PM

Hey Karen,

Glad you are here -- this is a wonderful site! I had red polish on my toes for Valentine's Day (my surgery was 2-11-02) but keep my nails clear and I had no problems.
Being nervous is normal and we have all been there - I was so excited to finally be getting rid of my problems, yet I was a nervous wreck also -- after the first day I knew that I had done the right thing. It is amazing how much better I feel.

Please keep us posted on your recovery -- wishing you the very best and you will be in our prayers. Come join us sometime in the chat room -- you will meet so many new friends and the support is outstanding.

Remember to be a good princess and rest no matter how good you feel.

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