By Patoose - 16/08/2016 20:54 - Canada - Montr?al
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We do these under local anesthetic - a numbing agent. Before starting we always test the sensation of the patient (since they are awake or mildly sedated) and use more local if necessary. If the patient feels anything during the procedure, we stop and immediately inject more. As a side note, more often than not patients feel pressure (as from stabilizing the toe) and not sharp pain, but mistake it as pain likely due to the nerves associated with surgery.
I had that done a few years ago, both big toes at once. Hurt even after the meds kicked in. Sorry OP, that had to be a bitch. Get better soon!
Tourniquets are most often used for cutting off blood flow to healthy limbs during procedures and they can in fact be too tight. If they had a surgical tourniquet on during ingrown toenail removal, it was probably there to prevent the flow of local anesthetic from the desired area. In this case tightening it too much is not necessary. There are multiple types of tourniquets and situations in which to use them, you don't just tighten it as hard as you can and hope damage doesn't occur. I'm clearing this up for those of you whom are first aid certified, you only need to tighten the tourniquet until blood flow stops. Tighten any more and you can cause unneeded tissue death and nerve damage.
I had both of mine done too, but because I was already numbed on each toe, my podiatrist removed the matrix of the other two sides (that weren't ingrown) as well. The numbing is by far the worst, but getting it all taken care of while already numb was definitely worth it and haven't had an issue since.
Holy shit. Did they not do the "can you feel this?" test before cutting? Damn that must have hurt. Did they at least stop before using the acid to kill the nail growth?
I don't think they do that. the can you feel this test I mean. or I mean, when I had a small surgery done while conscious, they didn't. I told them I could still feel a bit of pain and they gave me another shot but the shit kicks in quick, not like how a dentist's stuff does. it might be that they rely on the patient to let them know so they can numb it more? idk, I've only had one op awake and it wasn't this kind, so that's just a wild guess. it definitely sucks to feel it tho.