Nail surgery is the process of permanently removing a problem nail using a chemical called phenol, whether it be ingrown and infected or dystrophic and thickened. We can partially remove a small section of nail or totally remove it in more severe cases. Nail surgery isn’t always the most appropriate option; we can however offer pain free solutions without permanently removing the nail bed.
All options / pros and cons will be discussed with your podiatrist at the initial consultation. You will then be provided with an individual treatment plan.
What is the process after nail surgery?
Following Nail surgery you will wear a dry dressing and be reviewed within 5 days. At your review appointment, the toe is cleansed with sterile saline and a thin antiseptic dressing is then applied. This dressing must be kept in place and dry for 3 days. You will be shown how to simply dress your own toe beyond this point. It can take up to 6 weeks for complete healing, however the majority of patients are pain free within a couple of weeks.
Are there any side effects?
With any surgical procedure there are risks. Mainly infection. We do all we can to minimise these risks. Your suitability will be assessed prior to your procedure and you will be given time to consider your options. Please bring a list of any medications and known allergies to your appointments.
I am pregnant or breastfeeding can you still do it?
Although the risk is minimal and a growing body of research to say there is none. Our clinical policy is that even with the slightest chance we would not take the risk. We advise managing the problem conservatively until a later stage.
Will it ever come back?
Once the ingrown section of nail is removed and phenolised there is a 95% success rate. Regrowth is extremely rare.
How do i book?
All nail surgery patients must first be assessed. Please book in using our online facility, select “New patient” enter your details and check for your confirmation email. Once suitable, an appointment can be made that suits best. If you have any concerns please contact the clinic directly.
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