Ingrown Toenail Surgery

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How is Ingrown Toenail Surgery Performed?

This procedure usually takes place under a local or general anaesthetic. The surgeon may excise one edge of the toenail or remove it entirely. The nail bed may also be surgically or chemically treated to prevent the regrowth of the nail.

What to Expect After Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

After your ingrown toenail surgery:

  • You may need to take pain relief medication.
  • You may need to keep your foot elevated for the rest of the day.
  • You will be unable to drive after the procedure.
  • You may need to take a day or two off work or school.
  • Keeping your foot elevated will help with pain.
  • Avoid sport and swimming for two weeks.
  • Avoid dirty or strenuous work while the wound heals.

Possible Complications

Although uncommon the following complications are possible after ingrown toenail surgery:

  • Prolonged weeping from the wound.
  • A reaction to the chemical used to prevent nail regrowth.
  • Nail regrowth.
  • Formation of a cyst at the base of the nail.