On the day of the procedure, you can continue to do everything you usually would, including eating, drinking and taking any regular medication (unless otherwise stated). However, you should give yourself some time to recuperate after the surgery.
To begin the procedure, the toe is anaesthetised using a local anaesthetic. You will feel a small prick from the needle; however, this is the only part of the procedure in which you will actually feel anything, and it is no worse than a typical injection. Once the toe has become entirely numb, we will use an antiseptic solution to clean your toe and the surrounding area to help prevent any chance of infection.
We will then use a scalpel to carefully remove the offending section of the nail in undertaking a partial nail avulsion or the entire nail if necessary. A chemical solution known as phenol will then be applied to stop the nail from regrowing. We will then dress the toe in protective wrapping.
Once the dressing is applied, the operation is complete. The whole procedure typically only takes around one hour for one toe. When fully completed, we will arrange a follow-up appointment with you to assess the toe and re-apply a clean dressing.