The treatment of nail infection is difficult because the infection is under and inside of the nail, which makes it hard for other treatments to reach and destroy the infection. The general course of treatment often includes oral medication which takes 90 days. It involves monthly blood test to insure that the medication is not affecting your liver. Through the use of the PinPointe Laser we will eliminate the need for medication and the months of prolonged treatment.
A new painless procedure for the treatment of fungal or mycotic nails is now available. This new breakthrough technology was introduced at the American Podiatric Medical Association annual conference in Hawaii during the summer of 2008. It is knows as the impulse Pinpoint laser treatment. This new patented laser technology kills the pathogens that cause toenail fungus. The gentle laser light works through the nail and has no side effects on the nail or skin. No anesthesia is needed for this laser treatment of nail fungus, and usually only one treatment is required. You can walk out of the office with your shoes on and can wear nail polish immediately if you so choose.
This patented laser is specially designed to shine through your toenail inflicted with the fungi and destroys the specific pathogens embedded in and under your nail causing the infection. The Foot Laser operates in the very tight spectrum of near infrared light on your toe. Unlike CO2 lasers of the past, this laser safely destroys the fungi, molds and bacteria that often cause onychomycosis.
The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue. There is no discomfort associated with the treatment during or after. This treatment does not harm or affect your activity in any way. A lot of patients are opting for the treatment because of its high success ratio. In the first clinical study performed earlier this year, 88% of the treated patients grew out a normal looking nail after one treatment. After the one treatment, the nail plate should grow out normally in 6-12 months if there is a healthy nail bed. This result is comparable to the success rate for the oral pill, Lamisil, which you take for three or four months with some risk of side effects. There are no age, health restrictions or limitations. In clinical studies there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the use of the medications available today for treatment of fungus toenails carry with them possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser does not. If you have yellow toenails, or nails with white marks, call us today to schedule an appointment to remedy the situation.
This is a non-covered treatment service by insurance. The cost is determined by the number of nails that are infected, but starts at a very affordable rates which includes the total treatment protocol. The cost of the procedure may be applied towards a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings account as a medical expense.