Surgical nail removal can be done for severe fungal infections not responding to oral treatment. The entire nail or only part of the nail can be removed.
When is nail surgery required?
Surgical nail removal is usually performed only when a large portion of the nail is diseased and damaged or if your nails are very painful. In some cases, only the diseased portion is removed, not the entire nail. This procedure is rarely needed.
What is the post care to be taken?
- After the first 24 to 48 hours, wash around the wound with clean water 2 times a day.
- You may cover the wound with a thin layer of petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, and a nonstick bandage.
- Replace the bandage as needed.
What is the healing time
The wound should heal within a few weeks. Fingernails may take 6 months to grow back, and toenails may take 12 to 18 months to grow back.