Ingrown Toenail Surgery- What to Expect

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Ingrown Toenail Surgery Explained- What to Expect

Having an ingrown toenail is extremely painful, and most people try to handle it themselves. However, constantly digging at your toenail at home can do additional harm.

You may think that ingrown toenail surgery is unusual, but it’s actually a common procedure. If a nail will not respond to the usual treatment, surgical treatment is recommended.

If your doctor has told you that you need surgery on your ingrown toenail, you may be nervous. It helps to understand why surgery is prescribed and what you can expect.

Why Ingrown Toenail Surgery?

An ingrown toenail is a common painful condition. Generally, it occurs on the big toe. The nail grows into your skin instead of growing outward normally. Ingrown toenails are one of a number of common foot problems.

Ingrown toenails generally occur as a result of improper shoes or toe injuries. It may also occur due to genetic conditions, aggressive pedicures, or split nails. Traditional treatments for ingrown toenails include foot soaks, nail trimming, and good foot hygiene.

Unfortunately, ingrown toenails often come back again and again. There’s a risk of infection as well. These risks lead many doctors to recommend toenail surgery to correct the problem permanently.

You Won’t Need Anesthesia

Most ingrown toenail surgery is a quick procedure done at a podiatrist’s office. You will not be put under general anesthesia. Instead, you will be given an injection that will numb your toe.

The injection will sting and burn for a few seconds, but after that, there is no pain. A rubber band tourniquet is applied to the base of the toe to reduce bleeding during the surgery. The fact that you won’t be knocked out for a major surgical procedure is a significant relief to most patients.

A Section of Toenail Will Be Cut Away

Rather than cutting only the edge of the nail, a podiatrist will cut a larger section of the toenail away. Only the side near the site of the ingrown nail is affected.

A deep cut is made, and forceps are used to pull away the nail. This exposes the skin below the nail, or the nail bed, in that area.

Once the nail is cut away, the doctor will use cotton swabs to clean the area. The cleaning solution will repeatedly be applied for several minutes to clean the site of the surgery completely. Afterward, a bandage will be wrapped around your toe.

You Can Walk Right After Surgery

If you’re concerned about having trouble walking, you don’t need to worry. After bandaging, you will still be able to wear shoes and walk normally. You can remove the bandage after two days.

You will have to wash the surgical area every day, and you may be given antibiotic ointment to prevent infections. You may have minor throbbing or pain after the anesthetic wears off, but the discomfort is minimal.

The solution is permanent. Ingrown toenail surgery is a common, well-proven procedure that can end your ingrown nail issues for good. If you’re interested in learning more about common foot problems, and how you can handle them, Call our office +1-626-385-3338 – or – click here to request an appointment!