What is phenolisation?
After applying anaesthetic to the toe and sanitising the skin and nail, a surgical tool is used to take the ridge of the toenail out of the nail wall. The ridge of the nail is cut to leave a small rift between the nail and the nail wall. Then a 88% phenol solution is applied, which is supposed to chemically destroy the germinal matrix, thanks to which the nail will grow more narrow and will not ingrow in the wall. Subsequently a dressing is applied and any potential suture. If stitches are applied, they should be removed, in the timeframe recommended by the doctor, usually it is 7-10 days.
The healing process takes approximately 1 month, however full fitness is regained after several days. It does not require to leave in stitches or cut out a part of the toe, as it happens with other surgical methods. During the initial period it may require taking pain relief medication and changing the dressings until the toenail ridge is healed.
Advantages of the matrix phenolisation method:
- least invasive surgical toenail treatment method,
- has excellent cosmetic effects,
- immediate pain relief.