Rapid atraumatic nail plate removal using the cordless cautery unit.


This article describes the use of a handy, battery-powered, thermocautery unit to cut through the nail plate when performing dermatologic surgery involving nail tissue. Thermocauterization of keratin is a simple, atraumatic method of removing portions of the nail plate, so that the underlying soft tissue may be biopsied or treated. The units are inexpensive… (More)