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Ingrown Toe Nail ​​​​​​​Surgery

Nail surgery is a simple procedure that can be done in the clinic with local anaesthetic in order to provide relief from ongoing ingrown toenails. A small portion of the nail is permanently removed and cauterized with a chemical to prevent that area of ingrowing nail from recurring. It is a minor procedure with minimal recovery time of usually only a few days.

At Happy Feet Podiatry we aim to make the outcome of this procedure as aesthetically pleasing as possible by only taking what little nail is necessary and aiming to keep as much healthy non-offending nail as possible.

Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) and Total Nail Avulsion (TNA) are minor surgical procedures performed by Podiatrists for the long term management of painful ingrown toenails. Partial Nail Avulsion is the treatment of choice when one or both sides of a nail are ingrown. This method leaves most of the nail in place, only removing the “offending” portion of the nail.

Total Nail Avulsion is the complete removal of the toenail and is used when the nail is extremely curved, thickened or damaged. This method results in the permanent loss of the whole nail. This procedure is only performed in extreme cases as is avoided if possible. Both procedures are undertaken under local anaesthetic, which is injected into the toe.


Q: Will it hurt?

As with any local anaesthetic the injection part of the treatment can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t last long. We do aim to keep you as comfortable as possible during this time and practice techniques to reduce pain with anaesthetic delivery. Once the anaesthetic is working, the procedure is pain free. We will not start the treatment until the area is completely numb.

Q: How long does it take?

The total appointment time allows 60 mins. This includes time for all paperwork to be completed, anaesthetic to work and for you to relax. The procedure itself takes only about 15 minutes.

Q: Will the nail grow back again?

This method of treatment has a very high first time success rate of about 96%. There are however, no guarantees that the nail will never return.

Q: When can I return to work?

We usually advise you wear open toe shoes for 2 days following surgery. On the third day a loose fitting closed in shoe will be fine. So usually you are fine to go back to work 48 hours following surgery.






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