Factors affecting recurrence rate of ingrown toenail treated with marginal toenail ablation

Foot Ankle Int. 2004 Jun;25(6):410-3. doi: 10.1177/107110070402500608.


This retrospective study analyzed marginal toenail ablation for ingrowing toenails and the factors affecting recurrences. Recurrence was defined as a return of the previous symptoms, regrowth of the nail edge, or patient dissatisfaction with the clinical outcome. Based on these criteria, nine patients (10.7%) were considered to have had a failed operation. There were significant differences for recurrence rate (p <.05) in the patients operated on under local anesthesia and in previously treated patients. Full exposure and excision of the germinal matrix were essential to avoid recurrence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nails / surgery*
  • Nails, Ingrown / prevention & control*
  • Nails, Ingrown / surgery*
  • Orthopedics / methods*
  • Recurrence
  • Retrospective Studies