Surgical Dermatology: Nail Removal

Nail Removal

This is the most barbaric surgery done by a dermatologist but believe it or not, it gives the most instant relief from the agonising pain that an ingrown toe nail causes.

The surgery is made absolutely painless with a ring block given at the base of the toe or finger. Once numb, the nail is gently separated from the nail bed and removed. A dressing is applied to prevent infection.

If done properly, it does not bleed much.

InIngrown toe nail is common in people who wear a tight fitting footwear. In some cases, there is a hereditary reason for developing one.

Nail, once removed with utmost care to prevent damage to the nailbed, results in regrowth of normal looking nail. The cause of the nail damage has to be eliminated to prevent it from recurring.