This topic is straight from the Podiatry side of The Pedaler, tackling what many people suffer from due to bad luck or bad management.
One important tip - do not look at google images. The techniques, outcomes and interventions are not relevant to today's contemporary techniques.
If you suffer from recalcitrant pain around the nail fold and occasional infections, then the possibility of having a permanent solution should be considered. Unfortunately, many suffer from a prolonged and extensive infection before seeking assistance due to the ironic concern of experiencing a painful solution.
Typically, surgery for a persistent ingrown nail is quite simple and relatively pain free. The anaesthetic block around the digit is the only uncomfortable component and when good technique is applied, the injection is usually quite tolerable.
The procedure usually takes around 15-20 minutes in total with minimal management required post procedure.
Once emphatic anaesthesia is achieved, the removal of a portion of the problematic nail and then subsequent chemical cauterization of the nail bed can be undertaken with no discomfort at all. The procedure usually takes around 15-20 minutes in total with minimal management required post procedure. We usually will apply the first dressing then let you loose with your own wound management.
Common myths surrounding the procedure
1. I'll loose my entire nail
Not true. In many cases the post procedure nail looks almost normal. If more extensive revision is required, your Podiatrist will discuss this with you.
2. It will hurt.
Not true. Once anaesthesia is achieved, the procedure is pain free. Even the post nerve block sensation is quite tolerable with minimal pain management required.
3. It will grow back.
Not true. Good technique and chemical cauterizing ensures no regrowth.
4. I need to go to hospital to have it done.
Not true. We manage nail surgery at our rooms in a comfortable, time and cost effective manner.
So if you suffering from this scourge, give us a call and we will run through the process with you. We have been operating on clients for 16 years from the ages of 8 to 80. Don't panic, it can be fixed, once and for all.