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Toe Nail Surgery

Podiatry Services

Toe Nail Surgeries

Toe nail surgery can provide aesthetic and medical benefits to individuals who have toe nail issues. Common procedures include toe nail reshaping, toe nail removal, or toe nail reconstruction. The success rate of toe nail surgeries is generally very high and many patients have reported a quick recovery time with minimal discomfort or downtime.

Partial Nail Avulsions (Part of the nail removed) or Total Nail Avulsions (Whole nail removed) with cauterization of the matrix are surgeries which remove the nail and the cells which they grow from to prevent recurring ingrown toe nails. This surgery is done within an hour and only requires a local anaesthetic.

Overall, toe nail surgery can alleviate physical as well as emotional strain for those who deal with toe related issues on a daily basis. It is important to consult with a qualified medical practitioner prior to having any toe nail surgery.
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Benefits of Toe Nail Surgeries

Toe nail surgery can offer many beneficial outcomes for those that receive the procedure. Depending on the need, toe nail surgery can help restore the appearance of toenails by reducing the length, reshaping, and removing disfigurement or infection caused by fungus or ingrown toe nails. Aside from physical results, toe nail surgery can also provide guaranteed relief from pain and discomfort associated with fungal toe nails and ingrown toe nails. Furthermore, toe nail surgery can make everyday activities like wearing shoes and walking easier since pressure on overgrown toe nails will no longer be a cause for concern. Additionally, long-term comfort may be achieved with toe nail surgeries as it eliminates risks of worsening the condition in the future due to failed home treatments or neglect.

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Toe Nail Surgery Procedure

  1. Sterilisation of the toe through use of betadine and alcohol swab.

  2. The toe is anesthetized using a local anaesthetic called Xylocaine which numbs the toe.

  3. We then wait approx. 5 minutes for the toe to fully numb and apply a tourniquet. 

  4. We remove the intruding nail using a variety of instruments. 

  5. The use of a chemical called phenol is applied to where the nail grows to prevent re-growth. 

  6. The tourniquet is removed and we wait for the blood to re-flow.

  7. Appropriate dressings are applied and we show you how to re-dress the nail. 

Conditions We Treat

Plantar Heel Pain Program

We can treat a wide range of conditions, injuries and pain in the foot, ankle and lower leg. Some of the more common conditions we treat include:


There may be some discomfort during the anaesthetic injection; however we are extremely gentle with this. Once the anaesthetic has worn off it can also be a little tender to walk; we recommend elevating the foot, taking Panadol and reduce weight bearing as much as possible for the first 2-3 days post procedure.

We will educate you how to look after the toe post the procedure. Essentially you will re-dress the toe every second day and keep it dry initially. Weekly appointments will be scheduled and it will take around 4-8 weeks for a full recovery. 

Like any surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with toe nail surgery, including infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. However, these risks are relatively rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon.

You may need to limit your walking for a period of time after surgery to allow the toe to heal properly. We will provide you with specific instructions based on the type of surgery you have.

Yes, toenails can grow back after they have been partially or completely removed during surgery. However, the rate of regrowth can vary from person to person and can depend on factors such as age, overall health, and the specific type of surgery that was performed. In some cases, the nail may grow back abnormally, and additional surgical intervention may be necessary. Your doctor will be able to provide you with more information about the regrowth process and what to expect after toenail surgery.

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