Ingrown Toenail Surgery

An ingrown nail is an often painful condition in which the nail grows so that it cuts into one or both sides of the nail bed.

Symptoms of an ingrown nail include pain along the margins of the nail, worsening of pain when wearing tight footwear, and sensitivity to pressure of any kind, even the weight of bedsheets.

Bumping of an affected toe can produce sharp and even excruciating pain as the tissue is punctured further by the nail.

By the very nature of the condition, ingrown nails become easily infected unless special care is taken early to treat the condition by keeping the area clean.

Signs of infection include redness and swelling of the area around the nail, drainage of pus and watery discharge tinged with blood.

The main symptom is swelling at the base of the nail on the ingrowing side (though it may be both sides).

Below are photos depicting one of Keith's patients who needed surgery because of a painful Ingrown Toenail. 

Photo 1 - the swollen and infected Ingrown Toenail before surgery.

Photo 2 - the Toenail partially removed after surgery under anaesthetic, the tourniquet still in place.

Photo 3 - the big toe wrapped in a protective bandage dressing, ready for the patient to go home.

Photo 4 - the Toenail, fully healed, 6 weeks after the original surgery. 

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