Nail surgery involves the permanent removal of either one or both sides of a nail or the total removal of a nail. This is known as partial or total nail avulsion. Once the nail spike is removed under a local anaesthetic, a chemical called phenol is used to kill off the nail cells that caused that part of the nail to grow. Phenolization is highly successful with a 99% success rate.
An assessment is required to check if a patient is suitable for nail surgery. The procedure itself takes less that half an hour once the necessary paperwork has been completed. Please refer to our resources pages Patient information for a local anaesthetic and Instructions and advice for patients having nail surgery for further information.