Nail Surgery

Surgical toenail removal (also known as avulsion of the nail plate) is a common method of treatment for a variety of conditions, including “ram’s horn nails” (onychogryphosis) and an ingrown toenail or trauma to the nail.

How is it performed?


Toenail removal may be partial or complete and is carried out under local anaesthetic in the clinic by our Podiatrists. A chemical called phenol is applied to the affected area to prevent the partial or full nail from growing back. A pre-operative assessment is carried out to determine the best option and your ability to heal after the surgery. You will require regular dressings for approximately two weeks.  Overall healing time can take four to six weeks dependent on your foot health.

Why is it important?


This is a simple and effective procedure and especially important when you have a serious medical condition such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes to prevent ongoing infection.

We diagnose and treat a range of foot problems by assessing the cause of the problem and not only treating the symptoms.