What conditions are nail surgery used for?
Ingrown Toenail | Involuted Toenail | Infected Toenail | Deformed Toenail | Painful Toenail
What is nail surgery? How is it done?
This is a procedure where part or all of your toe-nail is removed. Then an area of the nail matrix (which grows your nail) is cauterised to prevent this portion of your nail from returning.
Will the procedure be painful?
This is always done under a local anaesthetic into the surrounding skin. During the procedure no pain is experienced due to the toe being numb. This numbness often lasts for several hours. Following your procedure, you may feel a mild stinging sensation, although we often get reports from our clients that they felt nothing at all.
Will I be suitable for nail surgery?
We must undertake a full assessment from our degree qualified and HCPC registered podiatrist to gather a full medical history and to discuss which procedure is best for you. In some instances, we may not be able to use local anaesthetic if you have had a reaction to them in the past, or may need to write a letter to your GP.
What is the recovery time?
Following the procedure, you should be pain free immediately, as it is often the painful hard nail pressing into the skin which is the source of pain. As a section of nail has been removed and skin cauterised, this will create a small wound that takes some time to heal. Depending on your health status and lifestyle, we advise that healing can take anywhere between two weeks and two months. The initial dressing we put on your toe can be fairly bulky, but this should get smaller each time it is redressed by the podiatrist. All redressing appointments are at no charge and offered to you by the clinician to monitor healing progress, although if you prefer to redress at home this is also possible.
If you have any questions about whether nail surgery is right for you, please get in touch.