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Laser Treatment for Fungal Nail Infections
We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients Laser treatment, one of only a few practices in the UK that have access to Laser technology.
Our Laser is a 1064nm Nd YAG powerful (40w) class 4 medical laser. The use of this Laser has transformed treatments for Warts & Verrucae and Fungal nail infections. It also allows us to effectively treat Thread veins/Spider veins (Telangectasia). On the low level infrared settings the Laser can also offer effective treatments for a range of musculoskeletal problems such as Tendonitis, Plantar fasciitis, Arthritis, Capsulitis, and quicker healing times for skin wounds. Until recently nail fungus treatment options were limited to topical creams, lacquers/paints and oral medication. However, advances in medical technology allow us to apply a new effective treatment method: the S30 PODYLAS Laser which treats nail fungus quickly, safely and without side effects.
How it works?
Laser treatments kill the fungus that live in and under the nail. The laser light passes through the nail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. This increases the temperature of the fungi and causes the destruction of the fungal hyphae, thus preventing their reproduction.
At the time of the procedure, the nail will not become instantly clear— it takes time to grow out. This treatment is used on both toe and finger nails.
How effective is the treatment?
In a 2012- 2014 trial undertaken by Professor Zalacaine at the University of Barcelona, treating 150 patients, using the S30 PODYLAS ™ Laser, cure rates of 78% were reported.
This study (as of writing), is the only peer reviewed credible study to assess the efficacy of Lasers in the treatment of Fungal nail infection.
We have been auditing our results since 2014 and to date (July 2016) have been achieving an average cure rate of 50%. The chances of clearing the infection varies significantly depending on the extent of the infection within the nail. Nails that exhibit fungus that is confined only to the outer end of the nail responds exceptionally well compared to long standing full surface area infections. We follow Professor Zalacaines methodology diligently and can only presume that his higher reported cure rates of 78% reflects a lower proportion of his cohort having full surface area infections.
How safe is the treatment?
Treatments with Lasers are completely safe and have no side effects.
Is the procedure painful?
Patients feel no pain. Some may feel a warming sensation or a slight pinprick.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes, sometimes longer depending on the number of nails treated.
Is there a recovery period?
No. The patient can go home at the end procedure and resume normal activities.
How many sessions are recommended?
Usually it is recommended to have four sessions one or two weeks apart. Further sessions may be required if the infection is severe.
Will the fungus grow back?
There is always a chance of re-infection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment. We will give you guidance to help reduce a recurrence of the infection.
What does it cost?
£95 per session – (up to 5 nails) then £10 per additional nail.
For further information, please feel free to call the Practice.