Ideal treatment for:

  • Removing ingrown toenails
  • Treating toe pain and discomfort
  • Managing infection

An ingrown toenail occurs when your toenail grows into the skin surrounding it, which damages the skin and causes pain and infection. Ingrown toenails usually affect the big toe and are usually caused by cutting your toenails too short or down the sides of your nail bed so that they regrow irregularly. The problem can also be caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow for your toes to sit in a natural position.

A minor surgical procedure to treat ingrown or deformed toenails is a safe, fast and effective way to get relief.

How it works

Ingrown toenail surgery usually takes about 10 minutes under local anaesthetic and may involve one or more of the following techniques.

  • Nail avulsion: Removing your whole toenail.
  • Wedge excision:Removing part of your toenail where it is growing into the skin, along with the area of tissue in the corner that your toenail grows from.
  • Nail-bed ablation: Removing part of your toenail or your whole toenail and then applying a chemical or electric current to the area of tissue that your toenail grows from.
  • Zadek’s procedure: Removing your whole toenail and then cutting away the area of tissue that your toenail grows from.

An ingrown toenail can happen again and you may need another operation if that happens.

Benefits

Quick relief from ingrown toenails

Ingrown toenail surgery is a quick, safe approach for treating ingrown or deformed toenails and associated symptoms such as swelling and discomfort.

Cosmetically pleasing results

Toenail surgery improves the appearance of the toenail by properly manicuring the nail and removing the deformity, with little to no scarring.

Safe medical procedure

Ingrown toenail surgery is performed by an experienced doctor, with support from a team of experienced and qualified nursing staff in a safe medical environment.

 

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Frequently asked questions

Are there any alternatives to surgery for ingrown toenails?
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Your doctor may be able to gently push the skin away from the ingrown toenail or cut away the piece of toenail that has grown into the skin.

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How can I prevent ingrown toenails?
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Try to cut your toenails straight across and do not leave sharp edges.

Wear shoes that comfortably fit the shape of your feet.

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What complications can arise from ingrown toenail surgery?
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Complications may include pain, swelling, bleeding, scarring, or (rarely) wound infection.

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How much downtime do I need after toenail surgery?
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Elevate your foot as much as possible in the first few days following the procedure. After that, you can usually start to be a little more active. Do not play sports or do strenuous exercise for two weeks. Your doctor will tell you when you can return to normal activities.

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