Sometimes a minor surgical procedure, often performed in the office, will ease the pain and remove the offending nail. After applying a local anesthetic, the doctor removes part of the nail’s side border. Some nails may become ingrown again, requiring removal of the nail root.
Following the nail procedure, a light bandage will be applied. Most people experience very little pain after surgery and may resume normal activity the next day. If your surgeon has prescribed an oral antibiotic, be sure to take all the medication, even if your
symptoms have improved.
A partial nail avulsion will remove the nail, but will leave the nail root on the toe. This will allow the nail to regrow, hopefully along a more corrected path. A matrixectomy may be advised for repeating or severe ingrown nail cases. This procedure removes the nail, and the nail root, eliminating the problem by killing the cells that refuse to grow in a healthy direction. The nail will not grow back after this procedure.