January 10, 2013

Is it painful?

Advances in techniques over the years have allowed podiatrists to use local anaesthesia to produce a highly effective ‘block’ of your toe, so that there is absolutely no discomfort or pain during or immediately after the procedure. There are typically two injections given in the base of the toe, that only sting slightly whilst they are given. After that, there will be no pain at all whilst the procedure is undertaken.

We understand that some people can be very worried and anxious about having minor surgery under local anaesthetic. If you are ‘needle-phobic’ or suffer from anxiety about the procedure, we are able to provide you with some sedation to reduce your stress and concerns. We commonly use Penthrox (“the green whistle”) which can be inhaled immediately prior to, and during the injections to calm you for the procedure. An additional fee applies to the use of Penthrox sedation.

Alternatively, we can prescribe a dose of a benzodiazepine (like Valium), which is a tablet that can be taken about 1 hour prior to the procedure. A responsible adult will be required to drive you to and from the procedure in this circumstance.

Please contact us if you are worried or concerned about having injections, or the procedure in general, and talk to one of our friendly podiatrists about your sedation options.

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