Thursday 15th November 1990   Minor surgery  15.30 

toenail elevation












There is nothing nice about watching an ingrown toenail being operated on. From the point of view of the observer or the patient, if they haven’t got their eyes tightly shut, the worst bit must be toenail elevation. The minor surgeon slides a thin blade under the edge of the nail to separate it from the toe beneath. If the local anaesthetic has worked, you are laughing but if it hasn’t . . .

Until Geraldine Hargreaves screamed this morning, I hadn’t understood why Harriet gripped the patient’s hand so tightly during this part of the procedure.

Toenail elevation.
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