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Nail Surgery

This is usually required upon diagnosis of a deformity of one or more toenails. The most common nail problems are:

  • Excessively curved nail
  • Nails with deep sides
  • Excessively wide nails
  • Thickened nails
  • Incorrect cutting of the nail
  • Trauma

These conditions will predispose the nail to grow into the skin at the side of the nail, or for the skin to swell and press into the nail causing pain, and lead to infection which must be treated immediately.

Correcting Nail Problems

Usually only the troublesome sides of the nail are removed, as is the part of the nail bed that is responsible for the growth of that part of the nail. ( partial nail avulsion ) This means that the offending sides do not grow again, leaving a slightly thinner nail.

Applying Local Anaesthetic

Involves two injections at the base of the toe, and not at the site of the inflammation and pain. A mild discomfort is felt, but this will pass quickly as the toe numbs. The surgery will usually last only 15-20 minutes.

Aftercare after Nail Surgery

We will give you further appointments over the next week or so where we will change the dressings and monitor the healing lesion. You must keep the dressings dry.