Ingrown Toenail Removal

This is surgery to remove a toenail that has curled and grown into the skin, causing pain.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the wound
    • Chalky white, blue, or black appearance to skin of toes or foot

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition


    This is surgery to remove a
    toenail
    that has curled and grown into the skin, causing pain.

    Ingrown Nail
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    The entire nail or the portion of the nail growing into the skin may be removed. It is most often done to:

    • Relieve pain
    • Relieve swelling or infection
    • Remove a deformed nail
    • Correct abnormal nail growth

  • Possible Complications

    If you are planning to have ingrown toenail removal, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Infection
    • Excessive swelling or bleeding

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Diabetes
    • Problems with blood circulation