Sue Ferguson
Chiropodist and Podiatrist in Tenterden, Kent
LOCATION: Home | Nail Surgery | Nail Surgery Procedure Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council
Registration No. CH16194

Nail Surgery Procedure
Partial Nail Avulsion
Total Nail Avulsion

with local anaesthetic

Permanent removal of one or both sides of a painful ingrowing nail or total removal of the nail.


A local anaesthetic is injected near the toenail to numb the toe so that the procedure is painless. If you have ever had an allergic or adverse reaction to an anaesthetic before it is extremely important to mention this.

Once the area is numb, the troublesome section of the nail is removed. To prevent the nail from growing again a strong chemical is then applied to the nail matrix to destroy the nail producing cells. The toe is then dressed.

After the Nail Surgery

  • You need to rest with your foot up for a few days after the procedure, especially on Days 1 and 2
  • The procedure must be carried out at least 8 weeks prior to any holidays
  • Comfortable shoes/sandals should be worn for 6 weeks or more
  • High heels should not be worn for several weeks
  • Your activity must be modified for 4-8 weeks after the procedure while healing occurs

Nail Surgery Example

Permanent removal of the medial side (inside) of the left big toenail.

Ingrowing Toenail before nail surgery
Ingrowing toenail before nail surgery
Nail wedge to be removed
Showing part of nail to be removed
Ingrowing toenail just after nail surgery
Ingrowing toenail just after nail surgery
Ingrowing toenail dressing
Ingrowing toenail dressing

Ingrowing Toenail during healing from nail surgery
Ingrowing toenail several weeks after nail surgery
Ingrowing toenail a few months after nail surgery. The area is healed.

Guarantee - if regrowth

Very occasionally re-growth of the toenail will occur. Should this happen and the toenail is still a problem the procedure will be redone at no expense.

Contact Sue Ferguson
Book an appointment now to help your foot pain (please note I am not accepting new patients)
Tel: 01580 765546

Sue Ferguson
BSc (Hons), MRCPod
Chiropodist and Podiatrist

2 St Benets Court
Kent TN30 6QS
Tel: 01580 765546