Surgical nail removal is done for severe or recurring nail infections and painful ingrown nails. The Chiropodist may only remove the diseased or damaged portion of the nail but in some cases the entire nail must be removed. This procedure can be permanent or non-permanent and is done in-office under a local anaesthesia. The entire process takes about 45-60 minutes.
A topical antibiotic is prescribed to the patient following surgery with daily dressing changes advised for the next 2-3 weeks. A follow up appointment is booked 48-72 hours post-surgery for the initial dressing change and to assess the wound bed. A nail that has not been permanently removed may take up to 12 months to fully return.