When an ingrowing toenail can not be managed conservatively then it is often required that nail surgery is performed in order to reach permanent resolution.
An ingrown toenail can often happen if the nail is too wide, been cut incorrectly, suffered trauma or is pathological. They are extremely painful and can often result in infection.
Minor nail surgery takes about 1 – 1.5 hour and the procedure does require a local anaesthetic. There are two procedures which can be performed depending on the severity of the condition. The most common is called a partial nail avulsion where only a small section of the toenail is removed, taking the ingrown toenail away from the skins edge (sulcus).
The other procedure is where the whole nail is removed, called a Total nail avulsion. A chemical called phenol is applied to the nail bed after the nail has been removed ensuring the removed aspect of the nail does not grow back causing the same problem.
It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for full healing to occur and there will be some aftercare involved. Minor nail surgery is offered as a package which includes the surgery, the anaesthetic, a dressing pack and 2 follow up appointments.