For the ingrown toenail surgery procedure, over the years, we have developed a technique where it’s not necessary any more to take a large piece of the toenail, but, just the piece that disappears down into the nail fold where it’s really digging in. And, once that piece is pulled out under anesthesia, then I push the skin up against the new edge to make sure that it looks cosmetically nice where the old ingrown toenail portion is then removed utilizing a chemical and a special technique with a tool that we use. And, in short, what happens is just the ingrown toenail area below the nail fold down in the grove that was causing the pain is gone and it does not come back. As a podiatrist, this “will not come back” benefit is huge for my patients because I have had patients come to me after one, two or three removals from different practitioners or their family practitioner. So, while these earlier ingrown toenail procedures did provide them with relief, they did not solve the foot pain problem and our ingrown toenail surgery technique will eliminate this ingrown toenail permanently.
So, in short, ingrown toenail surgery is painless and permanent. Cosmetically, we can remove all of the infected tissue and remove just the edge to make sure that it’s cosmetically appealing after it heals.