Hand & Wrist

Nail Bed Injury

A nail bed injury is a type of injury which is often seen when the fingers have been crushed, pinched or a sharp cut to the fingertip (normally in a trauma related accident).

About Nail Bed Injury

Fingers which have been crushed or damaged may result in an injury to the nail bed (i.e. closing a car door onto your fingers). With these types of injuries, a patient often presents with bleeding or damage to or under the nail bed. It can also be associated with fractures and other injuries of the hand. 


Signs & Symptoms

This may result in an injury to the nail bed (i.e. closing a car door onto your fingers). With these types of injuries, a patient often presents with bleeding or damage to or under the nail bed. It can also be associated with fractures and other injuries of the hand. 

The ultimate goal is restoring the anatomy of the fingertip and surrounding structures.  Having surgery on your nail bed can prevent nail deformity, reduce infection and reduce the pain experienced.


Treatment Options


Risks & Concerns

  • Infection
  • Scar
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Need for further surgery
  • Failure to relieve symptoms
  • Worsening pain
  • Bleeding
  • Neurovascular deficit or injury
  • Risk of anaesthetic
  • Irregularity to the nail bed

If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Mr. Lawson-Smith’s staff with ensure that Mr. Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.

If you are unable to reach the office, please do not hesitate to contact your GP or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.

Make an appointment

Call 08 6332 6325 or contact us to book an appointment.
You’ll need a referral from your GP.

About

A/Prof. Matthew Lawson-Smith

A fully qualified, internationally and  locally trained upper limb surgeon, specialising in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery. A/Prof. Lawson-Smith has a special interest in hand and wrist conditions, including trauma and Workers Compensation cases.

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