QUESTION: Toenail Surgery
In January this year I had surgery to remove 4 sides to 3 toenails as they were ingrowing. I suffered a lot afterwards with discomfort and recently my nail has began cracking and falling off. I have recently been in hospital as one was so bad it actually split across the centre splitting my nail in half but is still attached to the top. I was told to leave a bandage on for 1 week to see if the nail would drop off but this hasn’t happened. I was wondering what the cause of this could be?
It can take a long time for toenails to settle down after a partial nail avulsion (this is the medical name for what you had done). Sometimes the whole toenail will loosen and come off and you have to wait for a new toenail to completely grow up from the base, and for the old toenail to be pushed off, before it starts to look normal again. So it can be months (even up to a year) after the surgery before the toenail looks “normal” again. During this time you should carefully clip the old nail as it grows up. It will eventually fall off given time.