Which surgical procedures are used in the treatment of ingrown nails?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Amira M Elbendary, MBBCh, MSc; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Different surgical modalities have been described. [35]

Nonselective surgical management can include the following procedures:

  • Complete nail evulsion

  • Partial nail evulsion

  • Wedge matrix excision

  • Partial matrix excision

  • Total matrix excision

  • Vandenbos procedure [28]

These procedures were reported to have high recurrence rates. However, a retrospective study from 2017 to evaluate the Vandenbos procedure reported on 59 ingrown toenails and found that while 18% of patients had one or more minor complications with in the first 2 months of surgery, no recurrences were reported.

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