What Is Toe Nail Removal (Matricectomy)?
Toe nail removal (also known as a matricectomy) is a simple operation performed under local anesthesia.Â It is used to treat infected, ingrown, or nails that result in pain or discomfort for the patient.Â A portion of the nail and the nail bed are surgically removed.Â Sometimes it is necessary for the healthcare physician to remove the entire nail and nail bed.Â When that is necessary, the nail will not re-grow.Â
Before Electing for a Matricectomy
Ingrown toe nails are a common problem resulting from hyperhidrosis, trauma, improperly trimmed toe nails, or improperly fitted shoes.Â The affected nail becomes red, sore, painful, and infected resulting in pussy discharge and painful walking.Â A healthcare provider may suggest warm soaks, elevation of the affected nail, and antibiotic therapy.Â Partial nail avulsion may be attempted prior to complete toe nail removal.Â Â
Pre surgical tests are conducted and local anesthesia is administered to the toe.Â A qualified healthcare provider uses scissors to remove the nail.Â Electrocautery ablation is performed on the nail bed to destroy the nail forming matrix and prevent the nail from growing back.Â Antibiotic cream is applied by the healthcare provider, and the wound is dressed in gauze.Â Directions for soaking the toe daily and pain medications following toe nail removal should be strictly adhered to.Â All risks involved in toe nail removal should be discussed with the health care physician prior to matricectomy.