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How does an ingrown toe-nail operation work?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: In office

This is generally an in office procedure.
The toe is numbed with a local anesthetic and then special instruments are used to cut out the ingrown portion of the nail. Depending on the status of the ingrown nail a permanent ablation of the cells that produce the nail to that side may be considered.

In brief: In office

This is generally an in office procedure.
The toe is numbed with a local anesthetic and then special instruments are used to cut out the ingrown portion of the nail. Depending on the status of the ingrown nail a permanent ablation of the cells that produce the nail to that side may be considered.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Elvira Callahan
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Surgery

Anesthesia is obtained at the base of the toe.
The offending mail border is removed from its soft tissue attachments. The nail is split longitudinally and the removed from the toe.

In brief: Surgery

Anesthesia is obtained at the base of the toe.
The offending mail border is removed from its soft tissue attachments. The nail is split longitudinally and the removed from the toe.
Dr. Elvira Callahan
Dr. Elvira Callahan
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In brief: Operation

As said , the toe is numbed via local anesthesia.
The toe is then sterilized via iodine (usually) . A tourniquet is applied for a bloodless field. Via nail splitter the offending portion of the nail is split to the matrix that is then carried thru the matrix with a blade. An elevator is used to loosen the nail fragment which is removed . Phenol is used to kill the cells to prevent regrowth.

In brief: Operation

As said , the toe is numbed via local anesthesia.
The toe is then sterilized via iodine (usually) . A tourniquet is applied for a bloodless field. Via nail splitter the offending portion of the nail is split to the matrix that is then carried thru the matrix with a blade. An elevator is used to loosen the nail fragment which is removed . Phenol is used to kill the cells to prevent regrowth.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Takes part of a nail

The doctor numbs up the toe and then cuts off the side of the nail that is ingrown.
A strip about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch wide is removed, down to the nail bed and root (matrix) so that it won't grow back. The result is a narrower toenail that hopefully won't become ingrown in the future.

In brief: Takes part of a nail

The doctor numbs up the toe and then cuts off the side of the nail that is ingrown.
A strip about 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch wide is removed, down to the nail bed and root (matrix) so that it won't grow back. The result is a narrower toenail that hopefully won't become ingrown in the future.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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