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Ingrown Toenail Surgery

Our clinic offers Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) surgery which permanently removes the side of the nail that is causing damage to the skin. Depending on your condition we may perform one of two procedures: chemical cautery or wedge resection of the offending nail. Both procedures are performed under local anaesthetic.

 

Chemical cauterisation utilises a chemical - phenol. This destroys the nail matrix therefore preventing future growth of the offending nail. It is a quick and effective procedure with a success rate of ~95% in resolving ingrowing toenail problems. Healing rates differ between patients, however ongoing weeping may occur for up to 3-4 weeks post procedure before the site is fully healed. 

A wedge resection is a clean surgical excision of the offending nail and a small portion of the surrounding skin. This too is a quick and effective procedure with a success rate of ~94%. Healing rates differ between patients, however this procedure commonly utilises sutures which remain in place for approximately 2 weeks before the site is fully healed. 

 

In rare cases such as for severely damaged or thickened toenails, a Total Nail Avulsion (TNA) procedure is approached, which permanently removes the entire nail.

Our highly skilled clinician's will be able to discuss the most appropriate procedure for you during your consultation. 

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