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Fungal Nail Surgery

Fungal infection most common in nail conditions

The infection develops slowly and causes the nail to become discolored, thickened and distorted.

Toenails are more frequently affected than the fingernails.

The medical name for a fungal nail infection is onychomycosis.

Surgery may be recommended if your toenail or fingernail doesn't improve. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, this may involve removing part or all of your nail.

Following a diagnosis of fungal nail infection (Onychomycosis). Toenail fungus or finger fungus infection can be removed surgically


The usual procedure is as follows:

  • The toe or finger is made numb and painless by injecting local anaesthetic into the base of the toe or finger.

  • The  toenail or fingernail fungus is cut right up to the base of the toenail or fingernail and the offending fungal infected can then be pulled out.​

  • We wait for the nail to grow back and see if it grows back with the fungal nail infection or without the nail fungus.

  • If the nail is permanently removed. A small amount of acid (called phenol) is often put on the exposed part of the nail bed. This helps to stop the edge of nail r e growing or the full nail from growing

  • The nail is then dressed.

  • Once the anaesthetic wears off the toe or finger may be sore so you may need mild painkillers such as paracetamol for a day or so.

  • After the operation, the nail surgery specialist will review your nail surgery wound and teach you how to dress the toe or finger.

What is Fungal Nail Surgery?

What are the risk of nail surgery?

  • Infection following the removal of the nail/ nail piece

  • A local reaction to the chemical applied to the nail bed (delete)

  • Regrowth of the removed nail/nail piece

  • Distortion of the remaining nail following partial removal

  • A rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) following the injection of the local anaesthetic.

  • A rare pain syndrome  called chronic regional pain syndrome (1%)

  • Recurrence of the nail fungus.

Private Medical Insurance                             Self Paying


How to make a claim

Before you access care, understand your cover then

  1. Gain pre-authorisation for a consultation 

        - if toe is infected, we may prescribe antibiotics 

  1. After the consultation gain pre-authorisation for toenail fungus or finger fungus removal. 

  2. Schedule a date and time for surgery suitable for you. 

  3. After the surgery, we will need to review the wounds and dress the wound*. Please gain follow up pre-authorisation

* Some insurance companies do not covered medication and dressing. Please check with your provider.

The Following are the codes 

  • Initial consultation: No code needed

  • Nail surgery: S6400 or  S7010 or AA628

  • Follow up consultation: No code needed

Put in price for fungal nail surgery from our other cost list please

Nail Surgery Specialist Private Insurance Provider

BUPA Provider Number: 85020325

Cigna Provider Number: 203195

Vitality Health: Marion Yau

WPA Provider Number: 920706491

AVIVA Provider Number: 600099010

Simply Health, Helix and Health Shield: No membership number needed

Fungal Nail Removal 

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