The podiatrist is trained and experienced in the practice of nail surgery under local anaesthetic. 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. Local anaesthetic is injected into your toe and this makes the toe numb, blocking all pain sensation during the procedure. When your toe is numb a band is placed at the base of the toe to help reduce bleeding. The offending piece of nail or whole nail is then removed. To prevent unwanted re-growth of part or the entire nail, a chemical is applied. Care has to be taken in the first few weeks after the surgery to help prevent infection. The whole procedure generally takes an hour to complete and is an efficient, successful solution to in-growing nails.
After the surgery you will need to keep your foot elevated for a few hours and rest. You can return to work or school the following day. It is advised that you refrain from sports and running for at least two weeks. Healing time varies dependant on your age and general health, but it is generally 4 to 6 weeks.