Laser for Fungal Nails
Laser treatment for fungal nails (Onychomycosis) is available in our Calgary podiatry clinic
How does it work?
The Laser kills fungus that lives in and under the nail. A laser passes through the nail without damaging it or the surrounding skin. Although the existing nail will not become clear immediately upon treatment, the new nail growth will appear normal, as the fungus will no longer be present.
How Successful is the Treatment?
Clinical studies have demonstrated significantly reduces toenail fungal infection, leading to improved appearance. These studies also report no adverse effects or injuries associated with this treatment. However, there is no treatment that can successfully eradicate 100% of the fungus in every patient.
Is the procedure painful?
Intermittently, patients may experience a sensation of heat or a pin prick. The level of discomfort is not so significant as to require local anesthetic.
Is there a recovery period?
One of the advantages of this breakthrough procedure is that there is no down time. Patients walk in, walk out, and have no physical limitations following treatment.
How long does the procedure take?
The laser procedure usually takes approximately 20-30 minutes depending on the number of nails and the severity of the condition.
Can the fungus grow back?
Most fungus is killed after a couple of treatments; however, as this fungus is commonly found in one's environment, the doctor will strongly recommend post-procedure care that will greatly reduce the possibility of reinfection.
Is this covered by Alberta Health Care?
AHS considers this procedure aesthetic/cosmetic and therefore do not provide coverage. If you have a third party insurance, Health Savings Account, or other Flexible Medical Spending Accounts, you can often pay for the procedure with these funds.
I've seen beauty salons and other non-medical practitioners offer this, is it safe?
No, laser therapy for fungal nails should only be administered under the supervision of a physician. Serious burns and other injuries can occur from untrained people. Health Canada has actively advised against non-medical providers using Laser therapy.
"Canadians who have received laser treatments for their condition from anyone other than a health care professional should contact their health care professional in case further treatment is required." -Health Canada