Ingrown nail surgery

Ingrown toenail surgery is a safe and effective procedure for permanently addressing ingrown toenails. Podiatrists are the best placed medical professional to perform this procedure as they complete these procedures many times per week.

If there are signs of infection and considerable pain, a person should not delay seeking a Podiatrist as the infection could spread. Antibiotics are sometimes used to treat the infection but most often the nail needs to be removed before your body can heal and solve the infection itself.

People should seek immediate medical care for people with conditions such as diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation.

What is Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

Ingrown toenail surgery often called a wedge resection, partial/total nail avulsion is a procedure that takes place under local anesthetic. The procedure treats ingrown toenails by removing the offending nail edge from where it is penetrating the skin. The nail is taken back to the base and removed, often a chemical called phenol is used to kill the nail bed in that area to permanent stop the ingrown toenail.

When is Ingrown Toenail Surgery Necessary?

The indication for Ingrown Toenail Surgery is usually advised to patients under the following circumstances;

  • Longstanding ingrown toenails that continue to re-occur
  • Multiple Infections and severe pain
  • Poor nail shape due to fungus, thickening or curvature
  • Sports & Activities that increase the likelihood of re-occurrence
  • Hereditary component to ingrown toenails
  • Co-Morbidities like diabetes or peripheral vascular disease

Ingrown toenail surgery carries some risks. An initial assessment to understand your presenting complaint and medical history is an important first step before undertaking such a procedure. We always advise seeking a standard consultation with our podiatry team beforehand to be assessed comprehensively.

Ingrown Toenail Surgery Procedure Outline

  • An injection of local anesthetic is administered into the toe
  • The offending nail edge is cut out at the nail bed
  • A chemical is placed in the nail bed to prevent regrowth
  • The toe is cleaned and dressed with antiseptic to minimise infection

There is a small wound present for around 3-4 weeks but the nail will now not grow into the region which solves the problem permanently. There are very few complications and success rates are very high. Podiatrists complete many of these procedures weekly and are highly trained to give you the best outcome.