HOUSTON (July 23, 2009)

A one-time laser treatment at Memorial Hermann Southwest has shown to be 88% effective in treating toenail fungus. The patented PinPointe FootLaser is a specially designed laser beam that goes through the toenail and safely kills the organisms embedded in the nail bed that cause Onychomycosis, more commonly known as toenail fungus.

The procedure requires one or a small number of safe, quick treatments with little or no discomfort and is performed as an outpatient service with no anesthesia. The gentle laser light beam has no effect on healthy tissue and treats only the infected area of the toe. No drugs or topical ointments are used, eliminating the total-body side effects of traditional oral medications.

With the laser treatment, patients start to see results once their toenail grows out, so although results aren't immediate, they are effective once the nail grows.Dr. Gabriel A. Maislos, D.P.M., AACFAS, Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest Foot and Ankle Surgeon, is 1 out of 5 doctors in both the Houston and Dallas area who offer this laser treatment.

The treatment is not covered by insurance, as insurance companies consider it a "cosmetic" procedure. The price is typically $1200, although Dr. Maislos charges around $995.