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Nail Surgrey

Nail surgery involves the partial or total removal of the toenail under local anaesthetic. You may need to undergo surgery when you develop one of the following conditions:

  • Ingrowing toenail

  • Thickened toenail

  • Severe curvature of the nail

  • Trauma to the nail


Nail surgery is performed under local anesthetic. This means that only the affected toe is injected with anesthetic and numbed. You will be awake throughout the surgery. You will still be able to feel your toe being moved but you will not feel any pain. The operation takes about 10 minutes however expect to be with us for 45 minutes.

There are two types of nail surgery:

  • Partial nail avulsion - removal of one or both sides of the nail affected

  • Total nail avulsion - complete removal of the affected nail

Once the whole of the nail or part of the nail is removed a chemical (phenol) is applied to the nail bed and should ensure that the nail does not re-grow.

Image of Podiatrist working on toe
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