What To Expect After Nail Removal Surgery
Nail removal surgery might be required as a treatment for a variety of conditions. It is a common and straightforward procedure, but it is natural to feel nervous if it is your first time experiencing this surgery. Here’s everything you need to know, including what to expect after your nail has been removed.
Why Might You Need Nail Removal Surgery?
The most common reason for toenail surgery is an ingrown toenail. This is a painful condition that can lead to infection, removing the nail (or part of the nail) relieves the pain and reduces the possibility of infection.
You may also need to get a nail removed it is very thick and causes pain from shoe pressure, if you have a severe or returning fungal nail infection, or if the toenail has been damaged.
What Happens During Surgery?
Minor toenail surgery takes place under a local anaesthetic. This means that you stay conscious but the toenail area is numbed. Nail removal surgery is a quick and straightforward process, undertaken by a skilled podiatrist. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions and raise any concerns, and your podiatrist will always ensure that you are comfortable.
What To Expect After Nail Removal
What happens after the surgery does depend on whether you have had all or part of your nail removed. At Northwich Foot Clinic, our nail removal package includes two follow-up appointments to check the healing process, and all of the dressings required. During the follow-up appointments, your podiatrist will check that the surgery site is free from infection and healing as expected.
Your podiatrist will also give you tips about how to aid recovery and keep the area clean.
Depending on whether the nail is fully removed or only partially removed, regrowth may occur. This can all be discussed with your podiatrist.
After your surgery (and the appropriate healing period), you may wish to consider toenail reconstruction. Our foot clinic offers LCN Wilde-Pedique, a toenail reconstruction system which can be used on thick layers of skin where toenails are missing or uneven nail surfaces. It is an elastic UV nail gel which conceals deformations and adapts to the movement of the toe. It can last for many weeks, and will restore confidence in your feet if you feel it lacking after surgery.
Looking After Your Feet
After your nail removal surgery, your podiatrist will give you tips to help you avoid needing surgery again in the future – for example, if the cause of your surgery was an ingrown toenail, you will be given advice about how to fend off future issues. It is important that you follow this advice as much as possible.
You should also keep a close eye on your feet. If you notice any issues or have any concerns – such as redness, pain or any other change – contact your podiatrist and they will be able to help.
At Northwich Foot Clinic, you can book your new podiatry appointment through our simple online booking system, or call us on 01606 45077 and we will be able to discuss your needs.