Ingrown Toenail Surgery

Let us treat your Ingrown Toenail!

Ingrown Toenail surgery is a quick and simple procedure conducted in the clinic, under a local anaesthetic to the toe. The offending ingrown portion of the toenail is removed from the root and a chemical is used to burn the root so that part of the nail doesn’t grow back.

Why would I need to have toenail surgery?

Some ingrown toenails can be recurrent, even with professional treatment. When a toenail continues to cause ongoing problems for the person, a simple surgical procedure is required to cut away the part of the nail permanently.

Toenail Surgery procedure

Your Podiatrist will administer a local anaesthetic injection into the relevant toe/s being operated on. Once the toe is completely numb, a tourniquet is placed onto the toe to reduce local blood flow. Using specialised instruments, the offending nail edge is removed from the nail bed and cut down to be removed from the base of the nail. A caustic chemical, known as Phenol is the applied to prevent future nail re-growth. The tourniquet is then removed, and the toe dressed to prevent infection.

Post Toenail Surgery

Open toe shoes (ie./ thongs) are recommended after the procedure as the dressing can be quite thick, and restrict the ability to put a closed toe shoe on for the first couple of days post-procedure. A redressing/review appointment is usually set within a week after the surgery has been performed.

FAQ’s

What can I expect at an appointment?
Do I need a referral?
Do you bulk bill?
How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?
What is your cancellation policy?
What can I expect at an appointment?

Your consultation will go for 40 minutes. This time allows your Podiatrist to thoroughly examine and understand your needs as well as providing the necessary time to assess your condition properly. We will also develop a comprehensive treatment plan that will enable you to achieve your goal as soon as possible during this consultation.

Do I need a referral?

There is no requirement to supply a referral from your doctor to see a Podiatrist.

With that said, if you have been referred, please bring a copy of the referral letter.

Do you bulk bill?

We bulk bill pension card holders with a valid EPC referral (Chronic disease management plan) from their GP. For non-pension card holder with this type of referral, our consult fees apply, and you can claim a rebate from Medicare (there is a small gap fee)

How often do I need to visit a Podiatrist?

The frequency and number of visitations will depend on the nature of the condition you are being treated for. The treatment and rehabilitation of conditions will vary widely however after an initial consultation your podiatrist will be able to provide a recovery framework for you.

What is your cancellation policy?

We appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations when possible. However we know the unexpected can often happen, so a courtesy phone call if you are going to miss an appointment is always appreciated.

An appointment which is cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice, may incur a fee of 50% of the consult rate.

If you miss an appointment, without giving notice, then the full rate of the appointment may be charged.

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