Surgical procedures are deemed minor and are performed in our clinical rooms at Angelsea Clinic. Only the part of nail that is diseased will be removed.
All three procedures are performed under local anaesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure. The clinician undertaking the procedure will loosen the skin surrounding the nail and separate the nail from the nail bed using specialist equipment.
You may wish to prevent the nail from growing back to guarantee the fungal infection is not able to reinfect the area. We can do this by destroying the nail matrix with a chemical called phenol which is applied to the cuticle after the affected nail has been removed.
Alternatively, you can allow the nail to re-grow. In this instance, we recommend a combination of fungal treatment to reduce any re-infection of the new nail. This approach is not guaranteed.
Following your procedure, the treated toe will be heavily bandaged and regular dressing changes will be required for two weeks until the wound site has healed. Your clinician will monitor your wound site closely over the following four weeks.