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Ingrown toenail surgery is a very minor surgical procedure where the Podiatrist will remove a section of your nail. In some cases, the full nail needs to be removed. This is usually followed up with the application of a chemical called Phenol. This destroys the nail matrix (where the nail grows from) so that the nail does not grow back.
Ingrown toenail surgery itself is not painful because the Podiatrist will give you a Local Anaesthetic before starting the procedure. Therefore, your toe will be numb for the duration of the procedure and usually for approximately one hour following the completion of your Nail Surgery.
As nail surgery is carried out using a Local Anaesthetic, rather than a General Anaesthetic, there are very few risks associated with having this procedure done.
Below are some points that you need to be aware of before having the nail surgery. The Podiatrist will be happy to discuss any of them in more detail at your request.
We usually recommend that you take 4 days off work. The first day is for the nail surgery. Although the nail surgery only takes approximately one hour to complete, we advise that you take the rest of the day off so that you can go home and put your feet up. The following two days, the patient will not be able to put on any outdoor shoes, as the dressing applied during the operation is extremely thick and bulky. The fourth day is when you return to the clinic to check that everything went well and there are no post-operative complications.
After the follow-up appointment, the patient is required to redress their toe daily and carry out saltwater baths. This is required to minimise post-operative infection and help the healing process.
We understand how painful an ingrown toenail can be, especially when it affects a child or becomes infected. Therefore, we strive to offer you the earliest available appointment, usually within one to two days after your initial consultation. We can also provide emergency appointments or out of hours appointments, subject to availability, but a surcharge will apply.
The podiatrist will assess each case on an individual basis and provide a quote dependent on the extent of what is required. The nail surgery cost will include two follow-up appointments and a starter follow up dressing kit. For more information, please visit our prices page.
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You are free to eat and drink as normal before your surgery. We recommend a light meal approximately one hour before your surgery is due to be started.
On the day of your nail surgery you must:
Additionally, please feel free to bring a book or an iPad, which can keep you occupied during your nail surgery. We appreciate that some patients are nervous and do not wish to be involved!
Depending on the severity of your ingrown toenail, the Podiatrist maybe able to offer you an ingrown toenail brace. This is a non-surgical solution and pulls the nail up as it grows, in order to give you relief. This option works well in retraining the nail to grow straight. It is a great option for patients who cannot have nail surgery for medical reasons or are too afraid to have it.
At Podiatry Station we strive to remain ahead of our competitors, by offering our patients the latest treatment options with the use of modern technology. Laser Therapy is used for a number of conditions, including speeding up the healing of wounds. Add this to your Nail Surgery package for a quicker recovery, and less downtime!
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