What are the risks of ingrown toenail surgery?

What are the risks of ingrown toenail surgery?

Complications from ingrown toenail removal do not occur very often. Potential complications include recurrence, visible narrowing of the nail, thickening or discoloration and infection. Recurrence of an ingrown toenail is probably the number one complication of following surgery.

What are the side effects of toenail removal?

Possible ingrown toenail removal complications include:

  • Toenail deformity. Toenails may grow back misshapen or deformed.
  • Subsequent ingrown toenails. Removing one ingrown toenail does not necessarily prevent a person from developing future ingrown toenails.
  • Infection.
  • Anesthesia complications.
  • Allergic reactions.

How long does it take to recover from ingrown toenail surgery?

Ingrown Toenail Surgery Recovery Full healing of the surgical site can take between two to six weeks, and in some cases longer. The most common post-surgery complication is infection, especially if there was an infection present before the procedure. We will help you treat any infection with oral antibiotics.

Can ingrown toenails lead to amputation?

The biggest risk of an ingrown toenail is that it may become infected. An infection can lead to a condition called gangrene, in which tissue dies due to a lack of blood supply. In severe cases, gangrene can even lead to amputation.

Is ingrown toenail surgery permanent?

An ingrown toenail can be permanently corrected with a procedure called a chemical matrixectomy. This procedure involves removing either a portion of the nail that is ingrown or the entire toenail in certain cases.

Does ingrown toenail surgery recovery hurt?

Since the surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic, the patients do not experience any pain during the procedure. However, when the anaesthesia wears off after the surgery, patients often experience some level of soreness around the toe that underwent surgery.

Can I run after ingrown toenail surgery?

You should avoid running, jumping, or strenuous activity for 2 weeks after the surgery. Teenagers should not participate in physical education activities for 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure. Infection may develop in the toe during the first few weeks after the surgery.

What happens after toenail surgery?

After 24 hours, your toe can be kept clean by running warm soapy water over it and patting it dry. Keep it covered until fully healed with a nonstick dressing. You’ll be able to return to normal activities after a few days, but avoid running and other strenuous activity for about two weeks.

Does nail grow back after removal?

After your nail has been removed, it will take a few weeks for the nail to start to grow back. It will take about 3 to 6 months for a fingernail to fully grow back. A toenail will take about 6 to 12 months. Your nail will usually, but not always, grow back normally.

Will a toenail grow back?

If your toenail falls off, it’ll usually grow back within a few months to a year. However, depending on the cause and the size of the lost toenail, it could take up to two years. Contact your doctor if your toenail won’t stop bleeding or you have severe pain.

Can an ingrown toenail grow back after surgery?

Even after surgery, your toenail can become ingrown again. Sometimes this is because the new nail can grow in curved. An ingrown toenail can also come back if you continue wearing poorly fitting shoes, or if your toenail naturally grows in a curved direction.

What happens if you leave a ingrown toenail for too long?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can tear the skin exposing the skin to bacteria. This can lead to an infection that is marked by pus and bad odor. In severe cases, it may result in loss of the nail and painful swelling of the tip of the toes.