Most cases can be performed under a local anaesthetic. However, nail procedures can be performed under a local anaesthetic, under sedation or a general anaesthetic. At the Melbourne Ingrown Toenail Centre, practitioners will discuss the best treatment plan with you.
Yes. However, patients with diabetes may be at higher risk for developing infection and wound healing complications. A thorough assessment is performed prior to any procedure, to assess whether the patient is eligible to undergo digital or ingrowntoenailsurgery. Dr Simon Smith has extensive experience working with high risk foot (diabetes) patients.
The EPC program is a Medicare initiative that provides patients who have a chronic medical condition (e.g. diabetes) with up to 5 podiatry consultations per year. Patients are only eligible to receive an EPC from their General practitioner who deems whether they are appropriate candidates for the EPC initiative. MITC accepts patients with EPC plan. MITC does not bulk bill for patients with an EPC, however, the medicare rebate will be deducted from their consultation fee or toenail procedure.
If you have extras that include podiatry, you may be eligible for private health insurance rebates associated with your episode of care. Staff of the Melbourne Ingrown Toenail Centre are available to discuss this with you at the time of your consultation.
Most ingrown toenail procedures are performed in our rooms under local anaesthesia.
A pre-operative assessment is required prior to undergoing any ingrown toenail procedure. Our practitioners need to ascertain a number of key factors before undertaking any procedrues. Some of those factors include: a full medical, surgical & pharmacological history; assessment of the ingrown toenail and determine whether a procedure is required; determine what procedure is to be performed and most importantly outline to the patient the pre and post procedure protocol.
As outlined in the question & answer above, a pre-operative assessment is always required prior to a procedure. However, our MITC practitioners treat patients from all over Victoria and we understand that having multiple appointments far from home can make things difficult. In these instances, when patients are traveling long distances to one of our MITC clinics, we often arrange to have a consultation followed by a procedure on the same day. However, this is not always certain and is often dependent on our practitioners’ availability. Please be sure to discuss this with our friendly administration staff.