What is Nail Surgery/Partial Nail Avulsion (PNA) ?
The most common surgical procedure for treating ingrown toenails is a Partial Nail Avulsion. Duncan, our lead podiatrist, has a special interest in this minor surgery and has consistently excellent results. A PNA, where part of your toenail is removed, is about 98% effective.
What does this procedure involve?
The procedure is carried out under local anesthetic, just like at the dentist. The anesthetic is injected into the base of your toe, once this takes effect things should be painless. The edge/s of your toenail are removed to make the toenail narrower and give your nail a straight edge. This makes it less likely to dig into the surrounding skin.
After the edges of your toenail have been cut, a chemical called phenol will be applied to the affected area. This prevents the nail growing back and stops an ingrown toenail developing in the future.
There are many variations on this minor surgical procedure. After discussing your medical history, we can make the most appropriate decision for you.
What happens after my procedure??
After having nail surgery, your toe will be wrapped in a sterile bandage.You should rest your foot and keep it raised for 1-2 days.
To help reduce any pain, you may need to take a painkiller, such as paracetamol, and wear soft shoes or open-toed sandals for the first few days following surgery.
At Body and Sole you will be guided and advised appropriately every step of the way.