Nail surgery is the removal of all of the toenail or part of the nail. A local anaesthetic is used so that you will feel no pain during the procedure. After the removal of the nail, a chemical may be applied to the exposed nail bed to prevent re-growth by destroying the nail cells.
If you require Nail Surgery a thorough pre op assessment will be carried out and full medical history taken. It is important that bring a list of your medication and you inform the Podiatrist if you are:
- On any blood thinning medication like Warfarin, Aspirin or any other blood thinning medication.
- If you suffer from epilepsy
- If you are Pregnant.
A typical nail surgery procedure shouldn’t last any longer than 1 hour. You are encouraged to bring with you a sandal or open toe footwear as you will have a bulky dressing applied. You are not permitted to drive after the procedure due to local anaesthetic being administered into your foot and you should arrange alternative transport home.
You should rest with your feet elevated for the rest of that day and if you notice any blood coming through the dressing DO NOT remove the dressing but apply sterile gauze to the area.
You will have a follow up appointment at the Podiatry department the following day to have the wound dressed and you will be given written instructions on how to care for the wound yourself.
The wound can take up to ten weeks to heal but most heal before that time, it is common to get a localised infection around the wound area and if this happens consult with your Podiatrist.
The Podiatry department will review the nail surgery site until healed.
Remember if you have any questions regarding any aspect of the surgery please speak with the Podiatrist.