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There are many things that can affect your foot health, but not all issues pertain to the foot and its structures. Your toenails help protect your toe tips which are fairly soft and sensitive. These nails help protect your toes from injuries that may otherwise break them or damage them more easily, but your toe nails can suffer from problems of their own as well. One of the more common issues that people face regarding their toenails involve fungi and fungal infections, otherwise known as Onychomycosis. This condition is best treated early on, but you may need more advanced treatment if the condition gets worse.
Fungal nails can be annoying and unsightly. Usually, the first sign of a fungal nail is a white spot or area just underneath the nail tip. As the condition worsens and develops, the toenail may become thicker, ridged, and it may crumble at the edges as well. If left untreated, these fungal infections of the toe nail can lead to infection. Our doctors here at our practice, Dr. Horn and can provide advanced toenail fungus treatment that can effectively get rid of this fungal infection. Using a precise but gentle laser beam, our doctors can target the areas affected by the fungus in a few easy treatments. These laser beams do not have any negative effects on healthy tissue and only target the areas of the nail that are affected by the fungus. This procedure does not require anesthesia and only produces little to no discomfort on the part of the patient.
Over 70% of the patients that Dr. Horn treats show healthy nail regrowth with just one treatment. The methods that our doctors use are safe, effective and show great results after just one laser treatment for their fungal nails.
Frequently Asked Questions by Doctors
How does it work?
The laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser light passes through the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear - it takes time to grow out.
What can your patients expect?
They can expect a consultation with you explaining the procedure to be performed and any follow-up visits you prescribe.
Can the patient expect more than one treatment?
One treatment usually kills the fungus for most patients. Your physician will determine if you need follow-up care.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation and very few feel a pinprick.
Is there a recovery period?
No; just walk in and walk out.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes less than 30 minutes.
Will the fungus grow back?
The fungus is usually killed after one treatment, and typically you can recommend care techniques to reduce a recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.
When can your patient paint their nails or have a pedicure?
They can apply polish immediately after the treatment. It is important to inform the patient that they should remove all nail polish and nail decorations the day before their treatment.
What are providers charging for this procedure?
Generally about $250 per treatment, with a minimum of 4 treatments recommended to achieve optimal results.
What kind of payments can I accept for the procedure?
Credit cards, cash, money orders can be accepted. The patient may also use their Medical IRA, Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts.
Can the procedure be covered by their insurance?
If they have a Health Savings Account or Medical IRA, 100% of cost can be covered. However, in most situations, this procedure is considered aesthetic, and therefore health insurance plans do not provide coverage.
How long have you been doing this?
Clinical studies began in November 2007, and have been demonstrating approximately a 60% success rate.
Who developed this laser procedure?
Leading scientists and medical professionals working together for 20 years with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health developed the technology.