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A toe amputation is surgery to remove one or more toes. You will get medicine to help you relax and numb your foot. Then your doctor will make a cut (incision) to remove your toe. If you have healthy skin to cover the wound and have no signs of infection, the doctor will then try to close the wound.
You may have problems with walking or balance, especially if you lose your big toe. But you will not need an artificial toe. You may need to have special insoles made to fit in your shoes. These insoles are called orthotics.
You may go home on the day of surgery. Or you may need to stay in the hospital for a few days. This depends on how fast you recover and on your overall health.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
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