Amputation of the toe defined as removal of part of any or part of a limb or appendage of the body. The residual part of the limb that remains after the procedure is often called a stump. An orthopaedic surgeon removes a part of or the entire toe, depending on need and condition.
Before your doctor decides to amputate a toe, you'll experience a number of diagnostic tests and studies to determine the need and location of the amputation. You will likely have:
You may be placed under general anesthesia during the surgical procedure so you'll be asleep, or, more likely for a toe amputation, have a regional or spinal block that will prevent you from feeling anything below the waist, but allow you to remain awake. Then:
Following a toe amputation, you can expect to be taken to a recovery room, where you'll be observed for a couple of hours. You may receive antibiotics and pain medication. A toe amputation is often performed in less than 30 minutes, and you can expect to stay in the hospital for about 2 days, perhaps less depending on your overall condition and prognosis.