Ingrown Toenail - Surgery

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What types of nail surgery are used for ingrown toenails?

Surgical treatments include the following: temporary section of the offending nail border or corner, avulsion (detachment) of the nail or offending nail border, or permanent elimination of the nail (matrixectomy) or offending nail border (partial matrixectomy). A matrixectomy is the destruction or removal the cells where the nail grows from called the nail matrix. The nail matrix is at the base of the toenail under the skin. This procedure can be done surgically by dissection, chemically, or electrically by destroying part or all of the matrix cells. These procedures are commonly reserved for chronic or recurrent situations.

Is surgery really necessary?

If conservative treatments fail, surgery to remove the offending nail border is recommended. If the condition is recurrent and/or chronic, a matrixectomy may be recommended.

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Comment from: noname, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 23

I had recurring episodes of an ingrown toenail, so I had it permanently removed. The worst part is the shot. It can go deep and the numbing agent burns. You will not feel the pain for a few days, and then your foot feels sore and it drains.

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