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Partial Nail Avulsion for Ingrown Nail

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What do I need to know about a partial nail avulsion?

A partial nail avulsion is a procedure to remove an ingrown nail. An ingrown nail is when the edge of your fingernail or toenail grows into the skin next to it.

Ingrown Toenail

How do I prepare for a partial nail avulsion?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for the procedure. Your provider may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. Your provider will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery. You may need someone to drive you home and stay with you.

What will happen during a partial nail avulsion?

What will happen after a partial nail avulsion?

Your healthcare provider may put antibiotic ointment and a bandage on your finger or toe. Your provider may want to look at your finger or toe again within 24 hours after your procedure. You may have yellowish drainage for 2 to 6 weeks after your procedure.

What are the risks of a partial nail avulsion?

You may bleed more than expected or develop an infection. Your ingrown nail may happen again. You may have damage to surrounding tissue. Your nail may look disfigured or you may have a scar. You may develop a cyst or it make take longer than expected to heal.

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