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Nail Surgery for Problematic Nails


As a podiatrist, I am often asked to perform nail surgery to treat a variety of conditions affecting the nails. Nail surgery is a quick and relatively simple procedure that can be done in the clinic, and it is typically performed under local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort.

There are several different types of nail surgery that I may recommend, depending on the specific condition being treated. For example, total nail avulsion (TNA) involves the complete removal of the nail and may be necessary for severe fungal infections or if the nail is damaged or deformed. A partial nail avulsion (PNA) is removal of only part or sections of the nail (the sides) to remove the problematic parts and allow a visually normal nail to remain. Nail matrixectomy involves the removal of the nail matrix, which is the part of the nail bed that produces the nail, and is often used to treat ingrown toenails or to prevent the re-growth of a deformed nail. This is completed with the use of a strong chemical called Sodium Hydroxide to kill the nail matrix.

Overall, nail surgery can be an effective way to treat a variety of conditions affecting the nails. If you are experiencing issues with your nails, don't hesitate to contact Tamar Valley Podiatry for a consultation. We can help you determine the best course of treatment and get you on the road to healthy pain free toes!

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