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Finger Nails Surgery

Nail biting, cuticle biting, trauma, infections and the use of cosmetics nail products,such as Shellac and acrylic nails can lead to fingernails to be become damaged and infected. This can lead to pain and inflammation in the finger and fingernail. Surgery may be recommended if your fingernail doesn't improve. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, this may involve removing part or all of your toenail.

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Following a diagnosis of your nail condition. If conventional treatments have not helped with the nail condition. The fingernail can be removed surgically


The usual procedure is as follows:

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

The  fingernail fungus is cut right up to the base of the nail root and the offending fungal infection can then be pulled out.​

We wait for the nail to grow back and see if it grows back healthier, normal, the same with a small risk of further deformity.

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 root of the nail from growing a full nail. (The nail surgery specialist will always discuss with you the best options.)​

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 or assistant will review your nail surgery wound and teach you how to dress the toe or finger.

What is finger nail removal?

What are the risk of finger nail surgery?
  • Infection following the removal of the nail/ nail piece

  • An allergic reaction to the chemical applied to the nail bed 

  • 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.


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

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

Self Paying


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Extra Nails

Additional wound care






Marion Yau, Harley Street Nail Treatment and Surgery Specialist  trained all our dedicated team. Marion Yau has over 18 years of experience in treating nails and 15 years of nail surgery experience. Marion Yau and her team will work with you to develop a treatment programme especially for you. Let's get you back on your feet today!

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Our commitment to delivering a quality service sets us apart from others. When you engage in our services, we’ll offer you an appointment as soon as possible to get you back on your feet. We only employ qualified, registered practitioners, so you can be confident that you are receiving a professional service. Our clinic won various customer service awards and best clinic awards.

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