Ingrown toenails can be painful, unsightly and make your life miserable! If you are suffering from ingrown toenail pain that is not getting better or is infected, then we can provide prompt relief. Sometimes we can fix the issue on the spot, and sometimes we need to do a minor surgical procedure in order to solve the problem. Here are seven reasons why you should come and see one of the Podiatrists from our Booragoon team if you have an ingrown toenail.
We have performed literally thousands of ingrown toenail surgeries, and are experienced in all types of nail surgery techniques.
2. We use a variety of procedures to suit each patient
We use a variety of procedures designed to suit each patient’s particular needs. We can remove the sides of the nail either temporarily or permanently, or even the entire nail (which is not usually required). If there are other problems related to the ingrown nail, such as a bony lump under the nail or a cyst, then we can fix those at the same time.
3. We can often do the procedure at our office
Most of the procedures we do can be done quickly and conveniently in our office, with no down time for you, so you can fit the treatment in to your schedule. Some procedures need to be done in a local hospital, but you would only need to be there for a few hours.
We are very good at giving local anaesthetics, and in most cases there is little or no discomfort for the patient when the local anaesthetic is being administered.
If you are nervous of needles, then we can provide medicines to help you relax during the procedure.
If you prefer to be asleep during the whole process, then we can arrange for you to come to the hospital, where you will be under the care of a specialist anaesthetist during your procedure.
5. Post Operative Pain
In most cases there is minimal post operative pain. We typically recommend ibuprofen (e.g. Nurofen) and paracetamol (e.g. Panadol). A lot of patients find that they don’t need to take any pain medication at all.
For more invasive procedures, we usually send you home with an anti-inflammatory drug and some additional “top up” pain medication just in case it’s required. We also use a long-acting anaesthetic together with a short-acting steroid after we have finished, which means your toe will be numb often until the next day, with minimal discomfort afterwards.
Post operative infection is not common if you look after the wound correctly (and we’ll show you how to do that). If an infection does occur then we will review you and possibly provide antibiotics.
We give you the dressings that you need and make sure you understand how to look after the surgery site. We like to see you once or twice for follow up care.
There’s no need to suffer with ingrown toe nails. Our Podiatrists can quickly relieve your pain and fix the problem permanently. One of our top feedback points from patients is that getting their ingrown toenails fixed was easier, quicker and less unpleasant than they had imagined!
If you’d like more details or have questions, then come in to see us for an assessment.
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