Nail Surgery

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Who are the candidates for nail removal?

People with Ingrown toe nails, destroyed nails due to trauma or fungal infection are candidates for nail surgery.

Is the nail completely removed?

That depends on extent of nail involved. In case of ingrown toe nail, only affected side of the nail is removed. In case of deformed nail, due to injury or fungal infection, complete nail may be removed.

What is done in a Nail surgery?

The toe is first numbed with an anesthetic injection. Then the affected part of the nail and attached Nail bed is removed. In case of complete involvement of nail, the whole nail is removed so that after healing, in place of nail, there is only skin.

Why is there a need to remove the nail bed?

Nail bed i.e the area under the nail is responsible for the generation of the nail. In case of a deformed nail, due to any reason, leaving back the nail bed will allow regrowth of the nail in the same deformed manner. Hence it is essential that nail bed be removed.

How is the healing after a nail surgery?

The toe continues to be a numb for an hour after the surgery. The patient is prescribed painkillers so there is no pain after wearing off of anesthesia. The post - operative care is given to the patient. Light daily activities can be resumed after 24 hours. Heavy job can be resumed after 3 weeks.

Will my problem recur?

If the nail bed is properly cauterized, the deformed nail will not grow back.

How can I prevent ingrown toe nails?

a) Do not wear shoes that fit poorly

b) Trim your toenails straight across and do not pick or tear at them