Basic and Intermediate Complexity Nail Procedures

  • Christopher J. Miller
  • Nathaniel J. Jellinek
  • Ali Damavandy
  • Jeremy R. Etzkorn
  • Joseph F. Sobanko
  • Thuzar M. Shin


Nail surgery allows practitioners to diagnose or treat the majority of nail conditions. Successful nail surgery requires knowledge of anatomy and pathology, which have been detailed in prior chapters. This chapter reviews reliable approaches to common office-based procedures, including plate, bed, and matrix surgery, with punch, shave, and fusiform techniques. With a strong foundation of nail anatomy and pathology, surgeons can use these basic and intermediate surgical techniques to diagnose or treat a wide array of nail conditions.


Nail surgery Punch biopsy Wedge biopsy Shave biopsy Longitudinal biopsy Glomus tumor Digital myxoid cyst Avulsion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher J. Miller
    • 1
  • Nathaniel J. Jellinek
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Ali Damavandy
    • 1
  • Jeremy R. Etzkorn
    • 1
  • Joseph F. Sobanko
    • 1
  • Thuzar M. Shin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Pennsylvania, Department of DermatologyPennsylvaniaUSA
  2. 2.Dermatology Professionals, Inc.East GreenwichUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyThe Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  4. 4.Department of DermatologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical SchoolWorcesterUSA

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