Do you suffer from persistent infected ingrown toenail? Ingrown toenail surgery might be the answer you’re looking for to rid your ingrown toenail once and for all!
If conservative methods have been tried and failed then a Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) is a permanent procedure which removes only the offending nail portion leaving the visible nail plate intact.
What is involved with the procedure?
- First, so no pain is experienced during the procedure, your podiatrist will use Local Anesthetic to numb the area.
- Once the toe is completely numb, the offending nail will be cut and removed.
- To ensure this part of the nail does not regrow a solution called 'Phenol' is used to kill the nail producing cells.
- After the Phenolisation process is finished the area will be cleaned and dressed.
- You must then leave this dressing in place and keep dry until your next appointment in approximately 2-4 days.
Q. How successful is this procedure?
A. This procedure is high effective, with only 2-5% of cases potentially having regrowth.
Q. How long is the recovery?
A. Recovery can range from 2-4 weeks. This depends on the individuals health.
Q. Can I drive home after the procedure?
A. No, We strongly advice you do not drive after, your sensation in affected due to the local anesthetic and large dressing.
Q. When can I return to sport?
A. We advised no swimming or sport for a minimum of 4 weeks.
Q. Will I feel pain after the procedure?
A. As the procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, which will last approximately 2-3 hours this will minimise pain post-surgery. We do recommended your take pain relief when returning home to provide additional cover when the anesthetic wears off.
If you would like to discuss treatment for ingrown nails please book for a consultation.