Foot Surgery Fairfield QLD
Nail surgery can be performed for a variety of reasons eg: biopsies, removal of tumours and avulsion of a nail plate for long standing fungal infection of the nail and in acute bacterial infections, These procedures are usually performed as an additional treatment to antibiotics and other medications.
Ingrown toenails however, seem to be the more common complaint in need of Nail Surgery.
Ingrown toenails are not only painful but can often develop infections if not treated. Podiatrists can perform a surgical procedure to treat recurrent nail problems. Ingrown toenails can be defined as a nail that is pressing against the skin or has Brocken the skin causing pain and inflammation sometimes accompanied by infection.
An ingrown toenail may require a partial nail avulsion to offer relief and correct ongoing problems. Local Anesthetic is administered to the toe via way of injection, this numbs the toe in general for approximately 2 hours, the patient may prefer paracetamol for pain relief but it is generally not required. As in a hospital situation, the foot is prepared for cleanliness and appropriate solutions applied to ensure minimal exposure to infection. The offending portion of nail is cut and removed and via recommendation but at the preference of the patient a chemical solution can be applied to stop that particular portion of nail from regrowth.
What To Do After The Surgery
A sterile dressing is immediately applied and the patient is given clear instructions ongoing from there. The most important, to keep the dressing clean and dry for the following 3 days, this allows the podiatrist to remove the dressing, assess progress of healing at the initial review appointment and give further instructions.
The Procedure is relatively simple and commonly performed by Podiatrists in clinic rooms. The patient does not require ongoing pain relief and is able to walk out of the clinic room immediately after.
After the initial review appointment, the patient may take on the care of their healing toe or return for further reviews with the Podiatrist.
All surgical procedures have an associated risk attached, however this has a very low risk of complications.
Our Principal Podiatrist Is Also a Registered Nurse
Complications stemming from the procedure and throughout healing are a slight possibility but not common. Infection whilst healing from the procedure may occur however the patient is always given clear instruction on how to care for the toe and simple signs of infection are discussed to ensure patient awareness. At any point please ensure that your questions and concerns are welcomed for discussion and clarification.
For further assurance, the Podiatrist is also a Registered Nurse with many years of Nursing and teaching experience at Brisbane’s major hospitals.
Adrenalin Podiatry clinic rooms can be found within an Accredited Medical Practice that has several General practitioners and other Allied health members. All care is taken to ensure patient comfort and general well being.