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Injuries to the nail bed are typically caused by sudden trauma to the nail and often result in an immense amount of pain sometimes even infection. Darrell L. Henderson, MD treats nail bed injuries on patients in Lafayette, LA, to prevent permanent damage.

How Do I Know If I Have a Nail Bed Injury?

The injury to your nail bed may cause the fingernail to split, break, crack, or tear. If the fingernail is not damaged, the first indication of a nail bed injury is typically a throbbing or sharp pain. This may be followed by a darkening of the nail bed under the fingernail that is caused by blood collecting in the area.

Injuries to your nail bed and fingernail may also involve damage to the nerves, bones, and soft tissues of your finger.

What Treatment is recommended for Nail Bed Injuries?

If you have a hematoma under your fingernail, your plastic surgeon relieves pressure on the underlying tissues by draining the blood. This also helps alleviate any pain you may have.

Some nail bed Injuries do require surgery to ensure restoration of the original condition of the nail. Nail bed injuries that result in fracture of the fingertip, missing areas of the fingernails, tears in the skin around the nail bed, amputation, and tears may require surgical evaluation.

What Happens After My Treatment for a Nail Bed Injury?

The primary goal of your treatment is to preserve and/or restore the natural shape and look of your fingernail. In some cases, this may not be possible because the injury is so severe. If your fingernail cannot be saved, we will work to protect your finger from infection and further injury.

What Does Treatment for a Nail Bed Injury Cost?

We accept most insurance including workers’ comp. The total cost of your hand and wrist operation depends on several factors. After your consultation appointment, we give you a total cost that includes anesthesia, pre- and post-operative care, and other associated costs. We also offer financing through CareCredit®. To learn more call our office today.

Why Choose Darrell L. Henderson, MD

  • We are the premier providers for reconstruction in Lafayette.
  • Our team of surgical experts are highly qualified to perform a number of different reconstruction procedures.
  • We offer a personalized and individualized treatment approach.

What to Expect During your Consultation

We believe exceptional patient care is a right, not a privilege. Several areas will be covered during your consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Discussion of your concerns and goals
  • Explanation of procedure and expected results
  • Customized treatment plan(s)
  • Applicable fees and financing information

Darrell L. Henderson, MD offers cosmetic treatments using the latest medical advances to patients in entire Acadiana region, including New Iberia, Abbeville, Lake Charles, Alexandria, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Monroe. For your private consultation, contact our office today.


Darrell Henderson, MD
401 North College Road, Suite 3
Lafayette, LA 70506
Phone: 337-385-5836
Fax: 337-233-5054

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