Nail Surgery Overview and Approach
Nail surgery represents a fundamental subset of dermatologic surgery. Nearly every cutaneous condition and tumor may develop on the nail unit – frequently the practitioner will find the need to perform a surgical procedure on or around the nail, for either diagnosis or as a part of therapy. Successful surgery requires an understanding of the unique nail anatomy, appropriate surgical consent, complete anesthesia, and often manipulation of the plate and/or nail folds to achieve adequate surgical exposure. When armed with tools that address these issues, nail surgery becomes as straightforward as that on the skin.
KeywordsNail surgery Avulsion Digital block Anesthesia Nerve block Anatomy Dressings Wound care Informed consent
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