While signs and symptoms can vary dramatically, the diagnosis of an ingrown toe nail is generally straight forward. There maybe tenderness around the border of the nail, some redness, or in severe cases, infection develops with signs of discharge or puss being present. If conservative treatment has failed in the past, or if there is a history of on going infection to the surrounding tissue of the nail, then we would want to discuss a partial nail removal with you.
Ingrown toenail surgery is performed under a local anaesthetic, and only the offending portion of the nail is removed. When performed correctly, this procedure produces the greatest success rate in the treatment of ingrown toenails.
Nail surgery is only done after a initial consultation first. As a general rule, an ingrown toenail condition will not improve until the offending nail has been removed.