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A 23-year-old female asked:

how do you know if a small piece of nail was left inside during ingrown toenail surgery can you see the small piece? what are the symptoms?

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Dr. Ellen Turner
Dermatology 20 years experience
Depends how big.: It really depends on whether the residual nail piece is larger enough to see with the naked eye. What you may be having is a really inflammatory response to a traumatic procedure such as nail avulsion (toenail removal). I would always recommend seeing the surgeon who performed the procedure if there are questions regarding post-operative complications.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Have it looked at.: The ingrown nail may not be visible. I you continue to have pain or signs of infection have it re-evaluated as there may be a piece left behind.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What to do with a concave nail after ingrown toenail surgery?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
See below: Give it time to heal and grow out.
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A 24-year-old male asked:

What could have caused a granuloma to form on nail fold after ingrown toenail surgery? What steps can I take to treat it?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
Relax.: A granuloma formation, although not common, is not t so unusual that you should be too concerned. You should return to the surgeon to have it resolved. If a foot specialist did not do the actual surgery, then I suggest you have it treated by a foot specialist now. It is a simple matter to numb the toe and remove the growth by one of several techniques.

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