Nailbed Injuries

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Scott W., M.D. -

How long is the material (nail or foil) used to stent open nail fold left in place?

Brian L. -

Hi Scott,

Thanks for listening and for your question. Generally speaking, the nailbed stent (if used) is left in place until new nail grows in to replace it, which will naturally push the stenting material out. This length of growth usually occurs in about 1 month, which is the follow up time frame used in many studies on the subject. If you suture that stent in with a non-absorbable suture material that probably needs to come out sooner (to prevent infection, stitch granuloma) you can bring them back in ~14 days, remove the suture, and secure it with adhesive tape strips instead. I hope this is helpful!

Brian Lin, MD

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