What to look for in an Ingrown Toenail Surgeon

Choosing the right ingrown toenail surgeon is crucial for effective treatment and a positive outcome. Here are key factors to consider when looking for an ingrown toenail surgeon:

  • Qualifications: Ensure the surgeon is a podiatrist with relevant qualifications. Podiatrist undergo specific subjects in Toenail Surgery at University and are trained in gold standard practices.
  • Experience: Look for a surgeon with specific experience in ingrown toenail procedures. Enquire about the surgeon’s experience with both non-surgical and surgical interventions for ingrown toenails. Ask the surgeon how many surgeries have they undertaken and what is their success rate.
  • Patient Reviews: Read reviews and testimonials from previous patients to gauge the surgeon’s reputation and the overall patient experience.
  • Referrals & Recommendations: Seek recommendations from friends and family who may have undergone similar procedures.
  • Technique: Inquire about the surgical techniques used, including both traditional and minimally invasive approaches. Opt for the Gold Standard Partial Nail Avulsion method with phenolisation for the highest rate of success and minimal healing times.
  • Communication & Bedside Manner: Choose a surgeon who communicates clearly, listens to your concerns, and provides detailed explanations about the procedure. A surgeon with a compassionate bedside manner can contribute to a positive patient experience.
  • Post-Operative Care: Inquire about the post-operative care plan, including follow-up appointments and instructions for at-home care. A surgeon who emphasises post-operative care is invested in your long-term recovery.
  • Cost: Understand the cost of the procedure and ensure that the cost also includes followup appointments and re-dressings.

By thoroughly evaluating these factors, you can make an informed decision when choosing an ingrown toenail surgeon who aligns with your needs and ensures a successful outcome. Book in for a free ingrown toenail assessment with Dr Simon to be advised on a way forward with your ingrown nail surgery.