Ingrown toenail excision

An ingrown toenail is a very commonly occurring condition where a part (side) of the nail grows into the surrounding flesh or skin.

This often happens to people with a big toe, people who have underlying conditions like diabetes should not ignore this condition because it can lead to complications.

The ingrown nail causes pain, redness and swelling.

Ingrown toenail excision is the process of surgical removal of an ingrown nail by removing a small portion of the side of the nail and destroying the nail bed beneath.

The toe is injected with a numbing medicine, and the toenail is cut and removed to create a new, straight nail edge. The cells underneath the nail will try to grow a new nail, so they must be destroyed, to facilitate the growth of a permanently thinner nail. If there is a hypertrophied tissue on the side of the toe, it must be removed.

The toe is then dressed and reinforced with bandage until it completely heals, which takes a few weeks.

It’s an outpatient procedure that takes up to 30 to 60 minutes and after the procedure the patient can go home.

Wound care instructions will be given by the doctors and if there is pus formation, excessive pain, numbness the patient can get in touch with the doctors.

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