Toe nail surgery

When an ingrown nail becomes chronic and continues to re-occur even after conservative treatment a minor toe nail surgery is often advised. This is called a partial nail avulsion.

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What is a partial nail avulsion?(Toe nail surgery)

A partial nail avulsion is a common nail surgery procedure carried out in the clinic every day. Firstly a local anaesthetic is administered in the toe to make the procedure pain free. A small section of nail is then removed. The nail bed is then sterilised with a special acid to stop any nail growth. The toe is then cleaned and dressed.

Why have a partial nail avulsion?

A partial nail avulsion is by far the best long term solution for a chronic, painful ingrown toe nail. If you are fed up with your ingrown toe nails being painful, regularly re-occurring and continuously being inflamed or infected, then this is the procedure for you.

Is a partial nail avulsion always successful?

Clinically we experience a 95% success rate of the nail never regrowing or causing troubles again.

Will it hurt?

After the toe is put to sleep with a local anaesthetic there will be no pain. Most patients are very surprised how little pain there is post-surgery. A few Panadol’s is generally all that is required and opened toe shoe for a couple of days and you can walk out of the clinic immediately after it is done.

How long will it take to heal?

It generally takes 5-6 weeks to totally heal. However, most people go back to normal activities anywhere from 2-4 days after the procedure.

Will I need time off work or have days off school?

Each case is individual, although generally one day off when the procedure is being performed is all that is necessary.

Will I need any follow-up appointments?

We recommend 2-3 re-dressings with our podiatrist to check the wound is healing well and avoiding infection.

To make an appointment to see one of Blue Mountains Podiatry’s expert therapists call our Springwood Podiatry Clinic on 02 4751 7583, our Katoomba Podiatry Clinic on 02 4782 6169, or our Blaxland Podiatry Clinic on 02 4702 0221.