PERMANENT NAIL REMOVAL
There are 4 types of surgical removal of the nail.
1) partial nail avulsion without matrixectomy
2) partial nail avulsion with matixectomy
3) total nail avulsion without matrixectomy
4) total nail avulsion with matrixectomy
Often a nail surgery is performed for permanent prevention of an ingrown toenail (onychocryptosis). The most common procedure is a partial nail avulsion with matrixectomy. The toe is “frozen” with local anaesthetic, the nail spicule removed and chemical introduced to the nail matrix to permanently prevent that section of nail from growing back.
A total nail avulsion may be used on a toenail that is so misshaped that pain to the toe is constant. A partial nail avulsion may not be possible as the nail plate is so small, therefore, a total nail avulsion is needed. A total nail avulsion may also be needed to cure the nail of fungus. The nail is removed so that medication can effectively rid the nail of the fungal infection.
A nail avulsion without matrixectomy may be used if the practitioner believes that the nail regrowth will not cause the same problem.
COMMON FOOT TREATMENTS