New Patient Forms

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Save time by downloading the New Patient Form, and filling it out prior to coming to the clinic. Please bring your insurance cards and medication list.

Patient Insurance

We accept all insurance plans. We are contracted with the following insurance plans:
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa
  • Cedar Valley Community Healthcare
  • United Healthcare (ALL Plans)
  • Coventry
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • PHCS
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid (XIX)
  • Midlands Choice
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
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Nail Surgery

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DAY OF SURGERY

  • Reduce your activities for the day.
  • Keep dressing in place and dry, today, unless you experience pain in the toe.
  • A tight dressing will cause pain in the toe. If you experience pain, remove dressing and apply antibiotic cream and bandaid. You will not need to soak dressing to remove.

DAY FOLLOWING SURGERY

  • With dressing ON, soak foot in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Soaking will loosen the dressing so it can be removed easily.
  • Remove dressing and dry area.
  • Apply a small amount of medication and cover with a bandaid.

DAILY CARE OF TOE

  • Bathe area once daily, never use hot water.
  • Apply a small amount of medication and cover with a fresh bandaid twice a day. Keep toe covered with bandaid at all times except during bathing.
  • Continue this treatment until your next appointment.
  • Drainage, mild tenderness, and some redness where the nail was removed IS normal.
  • Pain in the toe, throbbing or burning sensation is NOT normal.

THERE ARE VERY FEW PROBLEMS WITH THIS PROCEDURE, HOWEVER IF YOU FEEL YOU MAY BE HAVING A PROBLEM, OUR PHONE IS ANSWERED 24 HOURS A DAY.

Following Surgery

  • Take the prescribed pain medication as directed, every 4-6 hours for the first 48 hours following surgery. After 48 hours, take the medication only as needed for pain control.
  • Bleeding into the bandage is common during the first 24 hours following surgery. Call our office if the bleeding in the outer bandage is larger than a 2-inch circle.
  • Apply an ice pack to the back of the knee of the operated foot 20 minutes, three times a day for the first week. This will help reduce swelling and bleeding.

Activity Level After Surgery:

  • Do not remove the surgical dressings. Your doctor will do all dressing changes in the office on a weekly basis.
  • Do not get the surgical dressings wet. Sponge bathing is allowed but showering and tub bathing are not recommended until your doctor has given you permission.
  • If you are given a surgical boot or shoe to wear following surgery, you will need to keep this on, even at night during sleep.
  • Keep your foot/feet elevated higher than waist level as much as possible. Elevating the foot and limiting the amount of time up will greatly reduce swelling in the foot and promote healing.
  • Do not drive until you have returned to normal shoe gear or until your doctor has given permission to do so.
  • If you are to use crutches or a walker, you may not put any weight on the surgical foot. The operated foot should not touch the floor during ambulation.
Signpost along the road to recovery.