Permanent Removal of Nail Bed

This procedure involves the permanent removal of a nail plate and nail matrix (root of nail).

This procedure involves the permanent removal of a nail plate and nail matrix (root of nail).

Permanent removal of a nail involves removing the nail plate and nail matrix. (The nail matrix is the root of the nail and allows for future nail growth.) A distorted or infected nail may be removed using a chemical, laser or other method. A permanent nail removal may be recommended if you have:

  • Severe distortion of the nail and/or nail bed
  • Repeated infections of the nail and/or nail bed

Contact your healthcare provider if you have an ingrown or infected nail that is causing you discomfort. They will ask questions about your medical history and do a physical exam that focuses on your feet.

  • X-rays are not typically necessary unless your healthcare provider wants to check on another condition.
  • If you have diabetes, trouble with your circulation or a weak immune system it is important you contact your healthcare provider as soon as symptoms appear. People with those conditions should have treatment started as soon as possible.

Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have an ingrown, infected or deformed nail.

  • Bring a copy of your medical history (past illnesses, surgeries, and hospitalizations).
  • Make a list of your medications (including over-the-counter).
  • Write down any questions, symptoms or concerns you want to talk about.

Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:

  • Is my nail infected? Do I need to take an antibiotic?
  • What treatment are you recommending? Are there any alternatives?
  • Does the entire nail need to be removed? What are the complications associated with the procedure? Am I at high risk?
  • What steps should I be taking at home?
  • Is there anything I can do to help reduce my symptoms?
  • If medication is recommended, what are the possible side effects?
  • How long will I need to take medication?
  • When can I start to see improvement in my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need? What is the reason for those tests? Will the test results change my treatment plan?
  • What are my follow-up plans and what symptoms should I report before my next appointment?

Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).


Also known as:

Permanent Removal of Nail Bed
Ingrown Toenail
Remove Nails
Deformed Nails
Nail Infections
Nail Removals
Toe Pains
Remove Toenails
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