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Nail Surgery

A minor surgical procedure carried out using local anaesthetic.

Nails that are in-growing or very curved and thus constantly tender can be made permanently narrower or removed entirely.

There are no surgical incisions involved and so no stitches. This procedure is therefore not generally painful.

Local anaesthetic is administered to make the entire toe numb. Special instruments are used to carefully remove the unwanted section of nail and the growth matrix is treated chemically to prevent this piece of nail from growing.

The chemical treatment causes a small discharge that must be washed away daily to assist rapid, trouble free healing, which can take between four and eight weeks.

Patients are seen two or three days after surgery for the first re-dressing and then given dressings and instructed how to care for the toe until healing has concluded. They are invited to visit the practice for checks during this healing period.