Onychodermal band removal refers to a procedure in which the onychodermal band is surgically removed in cases of certain toe nail conditions. The onychodermal band is the narrow strip of skin that lies between the nail plate and the proximal nail fold. It is commonly known as the cuticle.
In certain cases, such as severe ingrown nails or chronic infections, the onychodermal band may become thickened, inflamed, or damaged. This can cause pain, discomfort, and hinder the proper growth of the nail. To alleviate these symptoms and promote healthy nail growth, a podiatrist or foot specialist may recommend the removal of the onychodermal band through a minor surgical procedure.
During the procedure, a local anesthetic is typically administered to numb the toe. Then, using specialized instruments, the podiatrist carefully removes the onychodermal band from the affected nail. This helps to relieve pressure and allows the nail to grow properly, minimizing the risk of further complications.
It is important to note that onychodermal band removal should only be done by a trained healthcare professional and is usually reserved for cases where conservative treatments have been ineffective. The procedure may be performed in conjunction with other treatments, such as nail avulsion (removal) or antimicrobial therapy, depending on the specific condition being treated.« Back to Glossary Index