Do I Need Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery?
At Coxhoe Chiropody, County Durham, you can expect to receive a professional assessment, diagnosis and advice on various foot ailments. When certain conditions of the foot become severe, you may be recommended or advised to undergo toenail removal surgery. Conditions that benefit from toenail removal surgery include – (most commonly) ingrown toenails; infected toenails, deformed toenails, thick toenails and painful toenails.
If you think you might need ingrown – toenail removal surgery, book an appointment with Adam Wellwood by calling 0798 938 8910 or using the Coxhoe Chiropody website contact form.
What Are The Benefits of Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery?
There are many benefits to undergoing toenail removal surgery.
Depending on the type and severity of your condition and what is advised by the chiropodist – toenail removal surgery will involve either partial or complete removal of the toenail. This will be extremely effective in pain reduction and is often considered the best and most permanent solution for reoccurring toenail problems.
Undergoing toenail removal surgery will remove the source of any infection you may have and can also improve the overall appearance of the toenail, thus minimising any personal embarrassment one might experience.
There are no waiting lists for ingrown – toenail removal surgery; you should only need to take one day off from your normal, everyday schedule and if all the after-care advice is adhered to, healing time will be relatively quick – lasting only 6 to 10 weeks.
After the healing period you can expect to be more active than you were previously; everyday activities such as walking will be easier and you may find that you have a better selection of footwear available to you.
What Is Involved With Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery Procedure?
Ingrown – toenail removal surgery is a quick, minor surgical procedure involving either partial or complete removal of the problematic toenail.The operation itself should last no longer than 20 minutes, though the full chiropody appointment will last around one hour for preparation and after-monitoring purposes. With necessary after-care and precaution, you should be able to return to work as normal the following day.
The surgery will be carried out under a local anaesthetic injection, you will feel no pain and be fully awake throughout. A chemical called phenol will then be applied to prevent regrowth of the toenail. Your toenail bed will be narrower if you undergo partial toenail removal and if you have the entire toenail removed, skin will eventually heal over where the toenail once was.
After ingrown – toenail removal surgery you will be asked to return to the chiropodist so that the toe area can be checked and redressed. You will then be given advice on how to care for and redress the wound by yourself.
Is Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery Painful?
Advances in chiropody practices and local anaesthetic mean that you should feel no pain during the toenail removal surgery itself. You may experience some pain and discomfort with the initial injection. Following the toenail removal surgery and during the healing period your toe may be bruised, inflamed and red in appearance; this is completely normal and can be easily controlled by ordinary painkillers such as nurofen or paracetamol.
Toenail Removal Surgery checklist
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting, open toe footwear and loose fitting clothes to allow room for the dressing
- Eat something before your surgery
- Make sure your feet are clean and that any traces of nail varnish are removed
- Do not drive home after your operation – ask a friend or family member to help you or arrange for a taxi service. Public transport is not advisable.
- The anaesthetic will wear off after around 2 – 4 hours. During this time you should avoid any unnecessary activity for the remainder of the day.
- Make sure you have painkillers for any discomfort you may feel after the ingrown toenail removal surgery.
If you are experiencing any problems with your feet, book an appointment with Coxhoe Chiropody. Call County Durham chiropodist, Adam Wellwood on 0798 938 8910 or via the contact form on this website.