Ingrown Toenail Removal Surgery Brisbane
Ingrown toenails are a problem affecting many people in Brisbane. Many GPs refuse to offer ingrown toenail removal. At Ubuntu Medical we are happy to announce that our GPs now offer this service to patients.
What Are Ingrown Toenails?
Medically it is known as onychomycosis and it impacts people at all ages. The ingrown toenail is caused by a piece of nail growing into the skin. As a result, bacteria enters the skin and can cause a mild to moderate infection of the toe.
Surprisingly, an ingrown toenail can be quite painful, especially if surgery treatment is not sought immediately. Basic tasks such as sitting, sleeping and walking can be extremely painful. Why is this the case? The sharp edges of the nail will literally grow into the skin sometimes causing bleeding.
What Causes Ingrown Toenails
- Bad foot hygiene
- Bad bail care. Incorrect cutting or trimming.
- Excessive sweating
- Weird nail shapes
- Pressures caused on the toe when playing sports like soccer or rugby league where tight-fitting boots are worn.
- Pressure from ill-fitting work shoes or high heels
What Is Involved In Treatment?
You will need to book a consultation with one of our GPs to determine the extent of the ingrown toenails. If it is low level, they may be able to trim or cut the nail to remove the problematic section. In most cases, however, minor surgery will be performed which will provide a permanent solution to your nail problems.
The ingrown toenail surgery is referred to as Partial Nail Avulsion, where the GP and Nurse will inject a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the toe to ensure the procedure to be as pain-free as possible. Once the local anaesthetic has taken affect they will then remove part of the nail plate and use a technique called penalisation to make sure there is no re-occurring instances of it again.
After the procedure is completed the practice nurse will dress the nail. Expect recovery time to take somewhere between 1-3 weeks. In the days after the procedure make sure to minimise weight being placed on toe and refrain from playing any sport involving running.
N.B., In rare cases where ingrown toenails return, your GP will talk to you about a Total Nail Avulsion where the entire nail of the toe is removed.