Nail surgery is a minor surgical procedure to remove all or part of your toenail. It is usually required when an in-growing toenail is frequently recurring. Minor surgery is a relatively simple procedure and is permanent solution to the problem.
Sometimes it may be necessary for the toenail to be totally or partially removed. In most cases a partial removal is usually the preferred option, as the end effect is only a narrowing of the nail.
There are three stages to the operation:
1. You will be given an injection of local anaesthetic to make the toe numb.
2. Once the toe is numb, the podiatrist will then remove either all or part of the nail, and use a chemical to destroy the exposed nail bed. This normally ensures that the nail will not grow in again.
3. A dressing will then be applied to the toe and you will be able to walk normally, although you are advised not to drive whilst the toe is numb.
Some patients may experience slight discomfort after the anaesthetic has worn off. If this occurs, routine doses of your usual painkiller are normally sufficient to reduce the discomfort. It is advisable to bring loose fitting or open tied footwear with you on the day of the procedure.
You will normally return within a few days to have the toe dressed. The dressing will require to be changed on a regular basis and your podiatrist will discuss with you the most suitable arrangements to ensure that your wound receives appropriate care until it is healed.