Nail surgery is a common and effective treatment for painful ingrown toe nails. It may also be used as a means of treatment for thickened, damaged, abnormally curved or fungal infected nail problems.
The procedure itself is performed after administration of local anaesthetic to the affected digit. Once anaesthesia is achieved it will not wear off for up to two hours.
A tourniquet is applied to your toe during the procedure to minimise bleeding. The podiatrist will operate under strict sterilisation procedure to reduce your risk of infection.
The offending portion of nail will be gently lift and trimmed away without the need to surgically cut any flesh. This will assist in a speedy recovery.
A chemical is used at the base of the nail to prevent the removed nail piece from returning.
Once completely healed the nail will look normal, just slightly narrower than previously.