Surgical Nail Removal Overview
You may want to consider surgical nail removal for severe or recurrent fungal nail infections. The whole nail or only a portion of the nail can be removed surgically.
Surgical nail removal can be done at the clinic. The orthopaedic surgeon will give an injection in the finger or toe for local anaesthesia. He will then start by loosen the skin around the nail and then tries to separate the nail from the skin by using a tool under the nail. If a portion of the nail is infected, only the affected nail is removed.
Our orthopaedic surgeon can remove the root of the nail to prevent the nail from growing back if you have recurrent nail infection that does not seems to go away with conservative treatment.
Your finger or toe will be covered with gauze and tape once the surgery is done.
What to Expect After the Surgical Nail Removal
For the first few weeks after the surgery, keep the wound dry and clean. The wound should heal very well after a few weeks.
Is it Necessary to Have My Nail Surgically Removed?
Surgical nail removal is performed when a large portion of the nail is infected and damaged or the nail is causing you extreme pain. Majority of the cases only requires to remove a portion of the affected nail.
How Well Does Surgical Nail Removal Works?
After the infected nail has been removed, the infection can be further treated by taking oral anti-fungal medicine.
What are the Risks Involved in Surgical Nail Removal?
The risk is very small. It could be:
- Nail grows abnormally.
What to Think About for Surgical Nail Removal?
If you have been having recurrent nail infection, you can choose to have the nail removed together with its root. Once the root of the nail is removed, there is no chance for the infected nail to grow back again.