The PinPointeFoot Laser kills the fungus that lives in and under the toenail. The laser is FDA cleared and approved for Podiatry use. The laser light passes thought the toenail without causing damage to the nail or the surrounding skin. The PinPointe Laser uses temperature monitoring to ensure safe treatment of the nail with minimal to no discomfort.
At the time of the procedure, the toenail will not become instantly clear, it will take time for the previously infected nail to grow out and the new nail to form. This can take 6 to 12 months depending on the rate of growth of the toenail.
How is the procedure performed? Is there any preparation? Any Discomfort?
The PinPointe Laser is applied by the doctor to cover the entire nail. When the appropriate temperature is reached a burst of Cryogen is released to cool the nail and stop the heating of the toenail. Patients are able to walk in and walk out and go about their normal day. There is no anesthesia required. The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes. A three treatment regimen is recommended to effectively treat the nails.During the procedure most people feel no pain to minimal discomfort. Some people feel a warming sensation. There is no specific preparation for the procedure other than the removal of any nail polish or nail decorations the day of or the day before. On the day of the procedure Dr. Bennett may file down the nails with a mechanical burr to reduce thickness of the infected nail and to remove any loose nail debris caused by the fungus.
Will the fungus (onychomycosis) come back?
Fungus is an infectious organism. Dr. Bennett will recommend precautions and treatments to help avoid reinfection.Dr. Bennett strongly recommends the Sterishoe device for shoe sterilization for those with nail fungus and athlete's foot (tinea pedis).With any nail treatment including oral medications there is a chance of reinfection because fungus is present throughout the environment.
Is the PinPointe Laser FDA Cleared?
The PinPointe Laser is FDA cleared for use in Podiatry.
When can I paint my nails or have a pedicure?
You can apply polish to the nails immediately after the laser treatment. It is important to remove all nail polish and nail decorations the before any treatment.
Is this covered by my insurance?
This is a non-covered treatment service by insurances.The cost of the procedure may be applied towards a Flexible Spending Account or Health Savings account as a medical expense.