Nail surgery is a minor surgical procedure to remove all or part of the nail. It is usually required when an ingrowing toenail is frequently recurring. Local anaesthetic is injected into the toe and this makes the toe numb, blocking all pain sensation during the procedure. When the 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 all of the 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. Healing time varies depending on the age and health of the patient, but it is generally 6 to 12 weeks.
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