Ingrown Toenails and Incurvated Nail
This is a condition in which a portion of nail presses into the flesh, causing pain, redness and sometimes infection. If this condition is left untreated, an exaggerated swelling of the skin along the nail border, known as proud flesh, can form.
Ingrown toenail surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia or with topical anesthetic agents. Preoperative X-rays may be taken to be sure there is no bone spur present or infection of the bone when the condition is of chronic duration. Removal of a portion of the nail border causing the problem will give temporary relief. Permanent correction to remove the offending portion of nail and nail root could be required if this is a recurring problem.
This involves the use of a special high frequency laser. Fungus tissue and nail can be removed on a permanent basis when the nail root or growth center is destroyed with a laser.
CHEMICAL CAUTERIZATION FOR PERMANENT NAIL REMOVAL
This procedure involves the permanent removal of one or both sides of a toenail and the removal of fungus tissue if it is present. The root of the toenail is then treated with a chemical agent that destroys it. If the entire toenail needs removed, the same procedure is employed for the entire tissue under the nail and the complete root.
Toenail surgery is employed to alleviate the following types of deformities.
• Ingrowing Toenail
• Incurvated Nail
• Fungus Nail
• Thick Nail (Hypertrophied)
• Injury to a Toenail