I'm sorry to hear you have an ingrown toe nail, ITK and I'm sorry you have to have it removed. I had this done about 20 years ago. I was awake - they gave me a local all around the base of my toe. That hurt a fair amount. Then they just cut out the side of my toenail that was ingrown all the way down to the root. Yes, they used some big plier looking things but it was numb so I couldn't feel it.
But I will tell you that it hurt a lot
when the numbness went away. Honestly, I'd rather have all my children all over again in one day rather than do that toenail thing again! Part of it was they gave me some codeine for pain and I have a bad reaction to it. It didn't really stop the pain - just made me cry for no reason whatsoever.
Anyway, an ingrown toenail is really painful, too, so there's no choice but to get it taken care of. My advice is to make sure there is someone there to take care of you for a day or so because it hurts the most when you put your foot down. So stay in bed with your toe elevated and let someone pamper you. (Actually, Pampers aren't such a bad idea since it's hard to scoot to the bathroom without putting weight on your foot.
) Also, quit wearing shoes ever again
the rest of your life so you will never
get another ingrown toenail. That's what I did and so far so good!
I may be joking around a little but really, I'm sorry you have to go through this, my friend and I'll be praying it goes smoothly and painlessly for you.