Nail surgery: for patients with ingrowing toenails, traumatised, thickened or distorted nails, or those with long-standing history of infection, ingrown or thickened fungal nail infections where the removal of part or all of the nail will offer some relief. 

The procedure is performed in a community podiatry clinic by a podiatrist and assistant and although scheduled for an hours appointment, the actual procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. The minor operation is carried out using a local anaesthetic injection which numbs the toe to ensure the procedure is pain free. After removal of the nail, a chemical acid (phenol) is applied to the nail to prevent nail regrowth. You will then be asked to take a seat in the waiting room with your foot elevated for a further 10-15 minutes to make sure there is no blood seeping through your dressing before you leave the clinic.

All patients have a redressing appointment a few days after the procedure to check on the healing process and to outline how to manage the wound themselves including being shown how to redress the toe. Generally nail surgery takes about 6-8 weeks to heal and patients are asked to keep the wound as dry as possible throughout this time.

Chesterton Medical Centre, Cambridge
Doddington Hospital
City Health Clinic, Peterborough
Oaktree Centre, Huntingdon

03307 260077

The page was last updated on 26 July 2019 by Mark.Cole.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
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