Ingrown toenail is when your toenails grow into the skin or penetrate the surrounding skin. The skin can become damaged, causing infection and pain. Ingrown toenail generally occurs on the big toe.
A common cause of ingrown toenail is not to cut the nail properly. Ingrown toenail can also be decreased in families with toenails not growing straight. Using narrow shoes can also cause ingrown toenail.
Ingrown toenail surgery is aim to remove the infection and pain from the nail. Ingrown toenail surgery is recommended to aim for permanent cure ingrown toenail by removing the root of nail. Nail removal ingrown toenail is known as partial wedge resection of ingrown toenail.
Before Ingrown toenail operation
What is the preparation before ingrown toenail operation? Discuss with your doctor about any medications you are taking, allergies, or other health conditions before undergoing surgery. Before surgery, set up a meeting schedule with your anesthesist. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to stop eating or drinking before surgery. Generally ingrown toenail surgery is performed under local anaesthesia.
During Ingrown toenail operation
How is ingrown toenail operation performed? Surgery is usually performed with the use of local anesthesia. The surgery usually lasts about 10 minutes and may include nail avulsion, wedge excision, nail-bed ablation and the removal of part or all of the toenail and apply a chemical or electric current to the area where the nail foot growth, and Zadek’s procedure (removal of all toenails and cut off the area of tissue where the toe grows).
After Ingrown toenail operation
What do you expect after ingrown toenail operation? Patient is allowed to go home shortly after the operation and review again in 3 days after the ingrown toenail surgery for wound review. There will be stitches on the nail and removal of stitches is done 2 weeks after the ingrown toenail surgery.
How do you take care of ingrown toenail operation wound? Rest your feet for a few days until the swelling is reduced. After that you are allowed to start the activity again. Avoid exercising for 2 weeks. Keep the operated foot dry. Try to cut the nails straight and avoid sharp nail tips. Use shoes that fit your foot shape.
Complication Ingrown toenail operation
As with any other procedure, there are several possible risks. Ask our surgeon to explain the risks to you. Possible complications in general procedures may include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, or clotting of the blood (deep vein thrombosis, DVT). In addition, it can also occur: infection in the area of operation infection of the bone under the area of operation. You can minimize the risk of complications by following the instructions of a doctor before surgery, such as fasting and stop taking certain medications.
Can ingrown toenail operation use medisave? Can ingrown toenail operation use insurance?
Ingrown toenail operation is considered as minor operation. Ingrown toenail operation is normally covered under insurance and medisave. Our clinic do provide e-filing facility. For more information, please call 64762106.