Most patients are first treated conservatively through non-invasive techniques and treatment options. If the problems still persist, more invasive options can be discussed along with possible surgical options.
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Laser treatment for fungal nails (Onychomycosis) is available in our Calgary podiatry clinic
How does it work?
The Laser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. A laser passes through the nail without damaging it or the surrounding skin. Although the existing nail will not become clear immediately upon treatment, the new nail growth will appear normal, as the fungus will no longer be present.
The tissues that are in contact with energy pulses emitted by laser devices become heated. Theoretically, when the mold or fungal cells absorb this heat from the laser, which kills the microorganism, the laser will exert antifungal action. There could be more, as-yet-undiscovered factors at work that lead to nail cleaning.
The toenail is penetrated by the laser radiation, reaching the nail bed below, where the fungus is probably also present. The laser treatment's so far encouraging outcomes are likely due to its capacity to penetrate the entire thickness of the toenail.
Although the technique for treating nails varies depending on the brand of laser, in most cases heat energy is employed to eradicate the infection. The operation is typically painless since the burning of the patient's skin is minimized by pulsing the laser or using particular wavelengths. Some laser providers advise their customers that a mild hot sensation is frequently experienced.
How Successful is the Treatment?
Clinical studies have demonstrated significantly reduces toenail fungal infection, leading to improved appearance. These studies also report no adverse effects or injuries associated with this treatment. However, there is no treatment that can successfully eradicate 100% of the fungus in every patient.
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Is the procedure painful?
Intermittently, patients may experience a sensation of heat or a pin prick. The level of discomfort is not so significant as to require local anesthetic.
Is there a recovery period?
One of the advantages of this breakthrough procedure is that there is no down time. Patients walk in, walk out, and have no physical limitations following treatment.
How long does the procedure take?
The laser procedure usually takes approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the number of nails and the severity of the condition.
Is this covered by Alberta Health Care?
AHS considers this procedure aesthetic/cosmetic and therefore do not provide coverage. If you have a third party insurance, Health Savings Account, or other Flexible Medical Spending Accounts, you can often pay for the procedure with these funds.
"Canadians who have received laser treatments for their condition from anyone other than a health care professional should contact their health care professional in case further treatment is required." -Health Canada
As a general rule, Laser for Fungal Nails or procedures are perform on an out-patient basis in an Alberta Health Services (AHS) approve Surgical Center or in a Hospital. Surgical procedural costs are covered by AHS or the patient may opt for private surgery to avoid a waiting time. A visit to Feldman & Leavitt Foot And Ankle Specialists will CLEARLY define all available patient options.