Ingrown Toenails (Onychocryptosis)
Severe or chronic ingrown toenails can be treated to permanently prevent the regrowth of the problematic side of the nail. After local anesthesia is delivered to the base of the toe, the treatment consists of cutting the edge of the nail to its matrix, this is called a partial matrixectomy. To prevent regrowth, phenol cauterization is used to burn the cells that create the nail. Recovery is fairly rapid and postoperative pain is usually mild to moderate when the instructions of rest, application of ice, soakings and dressing applications are respected.
Dermatological lesions with changes in color, shape, size and texture may require more rigorous evaluation through a biopsy. A skin sample of the lesion is sent to a laboratory to establish an accurate diagnosis. In the case of benign lesion, excision can be performed. However, in the case of a malignant lesion the patient is referred immediately to a dermatologist or an oncologist.
Soft tissue surgery
Some benign masses such as synovial cysts, inclusion cysts, lipomas and plantar fibromas can be removed if the lesion causes pain. Removal of benign tumors can be made by drainage, incision or excision.
Dr. Lynda Cormier's surgical training allows her to perform minimally invasive procedures at the Gatineau clinic. This non-invasive technique can restore alignment of bunions and hammer toes with very little pain and minimal scar tissue.