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Sh*t.... I'm in for an OP tomorrow

(27 Posts)
Miren Tue 08-Jul-14 20:33:19

(being put under) and I've acrylics and shellac on my toes and fingernails... do I need to take it off?!

Crutchlow35 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:33:53

Yes. Sorry.

Miren Tue 08-Jul-14 20:35:09

really?! oh god... how do I even get it off?!

TheSnowQueen Tue 08-Jul-14 20:36:07

Fingers,yes. Toes should be ok.

annabanana19 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:36:55

soak them in nail varnish remover with acetone.

Crutchlow35 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:37:10

Buff your nails with a file to scuff the polish. Dampen cotton wool in acetone and cover finger nail with that and then tin foil. Leave 15 minutes and use an orange stick to push polish off.

Crutchlow35 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:38:03

Toes aren't ok at our hospital so don't count on them being ok.

Harry1603 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:38:16

I was told I could keep mine on my fingers and toenails.

50KnockingonabiT Tue 08-Jul-14 20:42:11

can you ring and ask before you try and get them off?

Good luck for tomorrow

annabanana19 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:43:51

My hospital wouldn't allow me to wear varnish on my toes neither.

Harry1603 Tue 08-Jul-14 20:44:59

If you need to take it off I find the easiest way to get it off is to soak my nails in a bowl of acetone and scrape the Shellac off while they are still in the bowl.

Good luck with your op.

Peaceloveandbiscuits Tue 08-Jul-14 20:47:51

Can you get a very early appointment at a local nail bar to have them soaked off? If not, soak them in pure acetone and buff the acrylic off with a soft file and repeat until they're all off. Use some vitamin E oil on your natural nails and cut them short because they'll be so weak and thin.
Good luck for your operation!

Shonajay Tue 08-Jul-14 20:49:07

I was allowed on my fingers but not toes. Phone and ask, saves you taking both off.

Miren Tue 08-Jul-14 21:01:40

bollocks. no nail polish remover. no acetone.

Fluffycloudland77 Tue 08-Jul-14 21:06:02

I'd imagine they'll have acetone. We used to keep it for toenail ops.

It'll be fine. They just need a finger to attach the oxygen sats monitor to.

Miren Tue 08-Jul-14 21:07:25

what will happen if I turn up with it on? will they turn me away?

HicDraconis Tue 08-Jul-14 21:08:28

Not if I'm your anaesthetist (but unless you live in nz that's unlikely).

The reason we ask for polish etc to be removed is because it can interfere with the monitoring of oxygen saturations. However - there are probes that can go on the earlobe, for one thing, plus if you turn the sats monitor sideways (so it sits across the finger instead of over the top) the nails don't interfere. They may get chipped though.

You can take your chances and go in with your nails on, with the risk that they may insist on taking one off for monitoring when you get there (they'll have acetone). Or ring in advance, but I suspect you'll be told to take one off if you ring and ask.

Peaceloveandbiscuits Tue 08-Jul-14 21:09:22

Any all night chemists near you? You'd have to ask for it but you can sometimes get wee bottles of pure acetone from a chemist (makes soaking off a helluva lot easier). Supermarkets would sell polish remover but make sure you get one that includes acetone.

TortoiseUpATreeAgain Tue 08-Jul-14 21:09:24

There's a reasonable chance they'll take it off themselves in a quick and dirty fashion with neat acetone (that's what we were told in antenatal classes would happen if we had nail polish on and needed a section -- I appreciate shellac is a bit different but enough acetone should shift it).

Peaceloveandbiscuits Tue 08-Jul-14 21:10:47

If you're in Surrey I'll come round and do it myself!

Miren Tue 08-Jul-14 21:12:56

oh dear sad they cost me a bloody fortune!

Miren Tue 08-Jul-14 21:28:39

Shall I risk it?

Harry1603 Tue 08-Jul-14 21:47:58

I'd give them a call tomorrow morning. I was told that there was no need for it to be taken off as, if people go in as an emergency, they won't have a chance to take it off. The nurse told me to make the most of it as I'd paid for it!

ChestyNut Tue 08-Jul-14 21:58:03

I had surgery two weeks ago and told I must "be only wearing what I was born with" was allowed pants on.

BreadForBrains Tue 08-Jul-14 22:06:06

Can you explain how it monitors your oxygen saturation? I've never heard of not being able to have your nails on for an op, though I've never had one so I guess I've never had cause to hear it smile

ChestyNut Tue 08-Jul-14 23:54:54

Not in detail as have had painkillers so excuse me if its gobbledygook grin

Probe is generally attatched to finger, toe or ear end. Shines a light through and measures the different frequency which correlates to your blood oxygenation.

Nail varnish blocks the light from the probe IYSWIM?

Bearfrills Wed 09-Jul-14 06:45:53

I had nail varnish on for both of my sections, one was emergency but there was time and when I asked the anaesthetist she laughed and said it's fine (ditto make up, she said it could stay on because it was light make up rather than orange polyfilla!). Did the same for my planned section, was allowed to leave make up and nail varnish on.

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