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Does Ingrown Toenail Surgery Hurt
Also called onychocryptosis, this condition occurs when the margin of the nail impinges into the flesh (nail fold) on either side of the nail or even the end of the nail. This can lead to violation of the skin (paronychia) and open you up to infections. These are painful and can easily be treated ...Read more
Depends: On your pain tolerance, severity of problem, presence of infection, circulatory and neurological status as well as the technique of administration of the injection. Generally, if you relax as best you can, under most circumstances, the injection is not excessively painful. ...Read more
If my nail still hurts 4 months after ingrown toenail surgery would you recommend having a total nail alvusion for the pain to stop?
Depends: On exactly what you had done. When I do a procedure to remove an ingrown nail in the office, the patient is told they have no activity restrictions afterwords. ...Read more
Can reoccur: Ingrown toenails can re-occure if the nail is not trimmed properly. Go back to your doctor for re-evaluation to see if the ingrown nail needs re-excised. ...Read more
No.: Generally, once the ingrown nail is removed, you have much less pain. The doctor will numb your toe for the procedure, and afterward, it's like having a splinter removed--as soon as the pressure is gone, it starts feeling better immediately! ...Read more
I have a ingrown toenail for about 2 years now and I want to get surgery but in 5 months, is it bad to wait 5 mnths to get surgery.?
Depends: On the situation. If there is pain and/or infection, some treatment needs to be performed but not necessarily surgery. Sometimes and incision and drainage may be needed and ingrown portion of nail needs to be cut out. If the problem can be treated palliatively without infection than definitive surgery can wait. ...Read more
Do ingrown toenails heal themselves? I get them alot & they usually go away but I have one now and don't want surgery. Should I wait? It isn't infected
An ingrown nail: Actually would not go away, unless you cut a piece of nail away, If there was an infection this sometimes goes away as the body can be strong enough to get rid of the infection….try soaking and applying topical antibiotic but if it does't get better go to your local podiatrist for treatment. ...Read more
Keep the area clean: Bandaged and protected until it heals. 4-5 days. ...Read more
I keep getting ingrown toenails. I have had minor surgery 3 times on my toes and major surgery done once. They are very painful. What should I do?
Ingrown toe nail: Ingrown toe nails do hurt. You have had a reoccurring toe nail that has been treated and yet it comes back. You will need to see a podiatrist and have a partial matrixectomy (kill the part of the tissue that grows the nail). That should take care of it. ...Read more
Ingrown nails...: The surgical part of it will be painless if you are anesthetized properly. Getting an injection to numb up the toe isn't the most comfortable feeling, however it only lasts for a few seconds then the rest of the removal is pain-free. ...Read more
The: Recovery usually takes two weeks. Most people can resume normal activity in one or two days. ...Read more
Varies: Costs vary by regions of the country. It should be between $250-$400. ...Read more
You don't: Crutches are not needed after toenail procedures. ...Read more
It can.: Any time you stress out a toenail with surgery or even a small in-office procedure, there's a small risk of the nail falling off completely. Nails don't tend to take a joke very well, and if they're angry enough after a nail procedure, they may just give up and start over. (this is a very rare occurrence, though.). ...Read more
Chemical burn...: Or dried blood from the procedure is the most likely culprit ...Read more
Matrix: There would be a chance for regrowth of the nail. You don't say why you think it was improperly removed. ...Read more
Not necessary: Sure...But it is not necessary. The risk outweighs the reward. ...Read more
Toenail aftercare: That depends on what type of surgery you had for the ingrown toe nail. Most of the time, that type of surgery requires some soaking of the toe following surgery. In some cases however, there are sutures in place and the toe needs to be kept dry. With any surgical procedure you should have received written instructions on your aftercare. You need to contact your provider for clarification. ...Read more
My nails haven't grown back after ingrown toenail surgery. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?
Talk to you doctor: Chances are the doctor used a chemical to stop the growth of the nail. ...Read more
It can vary: I have my patient's soak in warm water-epsom salts daily for a few days (if the permanent correction is performed, it can be up to six weeks). A topical antibiotic and dressing for a few days should help. If redness, puffiness and/or pain persists, I might prescribe an antibiotic. If the patient has no improvement within a few days I see them. ...Read more
What could have caused a granuloma to form on nail fold after ingrown toenail surgery? What steps can I take to treat it?
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. ...Read more
Generally: However, some practitioners will not perform a permanent matrixectomy (the procedure to correct ingrown toenails) if the toe is infected. Like any procedure, there is a risk of recurrence. ...Read more
It may hurt, but...: There is a small piece of nail still embedded in the corner. You need to get that out. Soak to soften the area and try to get it free. If you can't get it out on your own, a podiatrist can. Sometimes this can be done without numbing the toe, but often, anesthesia is necessary. If it is a chronic condition, there is a very successful surgery that can be done to permanently correct the problem. ...Read more
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