Minor Nail Procedure
What is a Minor Nail Procedure?
This is a small procedure carried out to treat nail problems which cause pain such as ingrowing toenails. It involves taking part or all of the toenail away under a local anaesthetic. This is done as an outpatient appointment and is scheduled for 1 hour.
A local anaesthetic will be administered into the base of both sides of the toe to numb the area.
Once your toe is numb:
- A small rubber ring (tourniquet) will be placed on the toe
- The problem section of the nail will be removed, in some cases the whole nail may be removed
- Phenol (a chemical) is applied to the nail bed to prevent the nail from re-growing. It is your choice if the chemical is applied or not, if not then the nail will re-grow but is likely to be problematic in the future
- The rubber ring (tourniquet) is removed
- The toe is dressed in a bandage
What happens after?
- Verbal and written instructions will be given to you and a dressing pack will be provided
- Your toe will be numb for up to 4 hours
- You should rest with your foot up for 24 hours after the procedure to reduce any bleeding
- 24 hours after the procedure you will need to remove your dressing and replace it with a new dressing form the pack provided
- Once your new dressing is in place you can return to normal daily activities such as school or work – be careful with footwear and don’t knock your toe.
- You will need to re-dress your toe every day until it is healed. This will be roughly 6 weeks.
- If you need to return to the department for a review, please contact us – 02920 335 135
• You will need to bring sandals to accommodate the dressing
• You will be UNABLE to drive home from the procedure as your toe will be numb
• Most people feel very little or no pain after the procedure and during recovery
• When removing the bulky dressing the day after the procedure it is recommended to get the dressing wet as this will make it easier to remove.