nail surgery

Nail Surgery in London

Nail Surgery in London – Ingrown Toenail Surgery – Toenail Surgery


What is Nail Surgery?

Nail Surgery is a very minor surgical procedure where the Podiatrist will remove a section of your nail. In some cases, the full nail needs to be removed.  This is usually followed up with the application of a chemical called Phenol.  This destroys the nail matrix (where the nail grows from) so that the nail does not grow back.


Why Choose Podiatry Station For My Nail Surgery Procedure?

  • Specialist Podiatrist with a wealth of experience and knowledge conducting the Nail Surgery.
  • Surgery carried out in a clean environment. We are very proud to announce that none of our patients have returned with an infection, following Nail Surgery.
  • We have a 100% post-operative success rate. This means that no patients have had any areas of regrowth or problems following their Nail Surgery.
  • We have an Epi Pen available for both children and adults. This means that we are prepared for any emergencies that may occur during the Nail Surgery. We ensure that the Epi Pens are always in date (unexpired) as required by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
  • The clinic is located within close proximity to Edgware Hospital. We are within one mile of Edgware Hospital, so if an emergency was to arise, help would be available very quickly.


Is Ingrown Toenail Surgery Painful?

Nail Surgery itself is not painful because the Podiatrist will give you a Local Anaesthetic before starting the procedure. Therefore your toe will be numb for the duration of the procedure and usually for approximately one hour following the completion of your Nail Surgery.


What Are The Possible Complications / Risks Of Toenail Surgery?

As Nail Surgery is carried out using a Local Anaesthetic, rather than a General Anaesthetic, there are very few risks associated with having this procedure done.

Below are some points that you need to be aware of before having the nail surgery. The Podiatrist will be happy to discuss any of them in more detail at your request.

  • Post-operative infection.
  • Skin burn from phenol application.
  • Allergic reaction to local Anaesthetic.
  • 5% chance of nail regrowth.
  • If the nail grows back, it will look ugly due to the volume of discharge.
  • Some patients are left with a niggling pain or a tingling sensation.
  • Additionally during surgery, sometimes the remaining nail left can become loose due to the impact of removing the sides.


What are Nail Surgery Recovery Times?

We usually recommend that you take 4 days off work. The first day is for the Nail Surgery. Although the Nail Surgery only takes approximately one hour to complete, we advise that you take the rest of the day off so that you can go home and put your feet up. In the following two days, the patient is unable to put on any outdoor shoes, as the dressing applied during the operation is thick. This means that the patient has to wear flip flops and in most work places this may not be allowed for health and safety reasons. The fourth day is when you return to the clinic and we remove the dressings and check that everything went well and there are no post-operative complications.

After this the patient is required to redress their toe on a daily basis and carry out salt water baths.  This is required to minimise post-operative infection and help the healing process.


How Quickly Can Nail Surgery Be Booked?

We understand how painful an ingrowing toenail can be, especially when it affects a child or becomes infected. Therefore we strive to offer you the earliest available appointment, usually within one to two days after your Initial Consultation. We can also provide emergency appointments or out of hours appointments, subject to availability, but surcharges will apply.


Nail Surgery Price

The podiatrist will assess each case on an individual basis and provide a quote dependent on the extent of what is required. The nail surgery cost will include two follow-up appointments in addition to a starter follow up dressing kit.


Is There Anything That I Need To Do Before Nail Surgery?

The answer is no.

You are free to eat and drink as normal before your surgery.  We recommend a light meal approximately one hour before your surgery is due to be started.

On the actual day of your Nail Surgery you will need to ensure you:

  • Bring flip flops
  • Do not receive a Local Anaesthetic within 24-hours prior to the Nail Surgery
  • Not be pregnant
  • Arrange transportation to get home without the use of public transport
  • Rest for the remaining day and avoid any contact physical sports until the wound has fully cleared up. Swimming is also not advisable.


Additionally, please feel free to bring a book or an Ipad, which can keep you occupied during your Nail Surgery. We appreciate that some patients are nervous and do not wish to be involved!