What do I need to know about this procedure?
This procedure is the removal of part of the nail and nail bed.
This procedure may require an anaesthetic.
What are the risks of this specific procedure?
There are risks and complications with this procedure.
They include but are not limited to the following:
- Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
- Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room. Bleeding is more common if you have been taking blood thinning drugs such as Warfarin, Asprin, Clopidogrel (Plavix or Iscover) or Dipyridamole (Persantin or Asasantin).
- Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
- Increased risk in obese people of wound infection, chest infection, heart and lung complications, and thrombosis.
- Heart attack or stroke could occur due to the strain on the heart.
- Blood clot in the leg (DVT) causing pain and swelling. In rare cases, part of the clot may break off and go to the lungs.
- Death as a result of this procedure is possible.
- The toe may swell up considerably and this may cause the bandage to be tight and cause gangrene to the toe. This could require amputation.
- Part of the nail may grow again and this may need further surgery.
- In some people healing of the wound may be abnormal and the wound can be thickened and the wound may be painful.