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Ingrown Toenail Surgery

Ingrown Toenail Surgery

Ingrown Toenail Surgery in London

What is ingrown toenail surgery?

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.

Why choose Podiatry Station for my nail surgery procedure?

  • Specialist Podiatrist with a wealth of experience and knowledge conducting the Nail Surgery.
  • Surgery carried out in a modern and clean environment. We are very proud to announce that none of our patients have returned with an infection following Nail Surgery.
  • We have an excellent post-operative success rate.
  • We are very proud to be the only local private Podiatry / Chiropody practice to promote wound healing with the use of MLS Class IV Laser Therapy.  We have invested much money and time, to provide this successful service as part of our nail surgery care packages. Laser Therapy is renowned for speeding up the healing process. Patients who opt for Laser Therapy following their nail surgery procedure can heal up in 3-4 weeks, as opposed to the normal 8-10 weeks. Find out more about Class IV Laser Therapy.
  • We have an Epi Pen available for both children and adults. This means that we are prepared for any emergencies that may occur during the Nail Surgery. We ensure that the Epi Pens are always in-date (unexpired) as required by The College of Podiatry.
  • The clinic is located within close proximity to Edgware Hospital. We are within one mile of Edgware Hospital, so if an emergency was to arise, help would be available very quickly.

Is ingrown toenail surgery painful?

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.

What are the possible complications / risks of toenail 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.

  • Post-operative infection.
  • Skin burn from phenol application.
  • Allergic reaction to Local Anaesthetic.
  • 5% chance of nail regrowth.
  • As the wound heals you should expect a large volume of yellow discharge. This is completely normal, and part of the healing process.
  • Some patients are left with a niggling pain or a tingling sensation.
  • During partial nail surgery, sometimes the remaining nail can become loose due to the impact of removing the sides.

What is the recovery time?

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.

How quickly can nail surgery be booked?

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.

How much does it cost?

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.

Is there anything that I need to do before nail surgery?

The answer is no!

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:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before your procedure appointment time
  • Bring flip flops
  • Not receive a Local Anaesthetic within 24-hours prior to the nail surgery
  • Not be pregnant
  • As a Local Anaesthetic will be administered, we recommend you do not breastfeed for at least 24-hours after the surgery
  • Arrange transportation to get home without the use of public transport
    Rest for the remaining day and avoid any contact physical sports until the wound has fully cleared up. Swimming is also not advisable.

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!

I prefer not to have Toenail Surgery. Is there any other option?

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.

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Laser Therapy for Healing of Wounds after Nail Surgery

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!

Read more about Laser Therapy

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