Robert R. Shemwell, DPM

We have several locations
around the lake!


Laser Treatment


Member of:

American Podiatric
Medical Association

Missouri Podiatric
Medical Association

PinPointeTM Laser Certified

Click here or on graphic at left for a slideshow presentation of how laser treatment compares with other forms of treatment.

Does it work? Clinical studies began in November 2007 report an 88% cure rate which is better than traditional topical and oral medications.

How does it work? The PinPointe Foot Laser's patented design shines a high powered laser light into the nail and vaporizes the germs that cause nail fungus without damage to the nail or surrounding skin. The nail does not instantly change, but should grow out clear and free of fungus over the next 9-12 months, some people take a little longer. You may notice a change in 3-4 months.

Is the procedure painful? Most people feel no pain. Some people feel a warming sensation at times and very few people feel an occasional pinprick sensation.

How long does the procedure take? The laser procedure itself takes about 30 minutes. Plan on your entire visit taking about 1 hour.

Is there a recovery period? No, just walk in and walk out!

Will the fungus come back? The doctor typically recommends care techniques to reduce recurrence of the infection. There is a chance of reinfection because the fungus is present everywhere in the environment.

Is it FDA cleared? The laser is FDA approved for use in dermatology and plastic surgery. Nail fungus treatment is an off-label use for this FDA approved laser.

Is the procedure covered by insurance? Not at this time. You may use your Health Savings Account or Medical IRA. In most situations this procedure is considered aesthetic and not covered by insurance plans. We will not bill your insurance for the procedure.

If I know I want to do the procedure, do I have to make a consultation visit prior to scheduling the procedure? No. We respect your time and know that some patients will be traveling from a distance. In this situation, please understand that the doctor will still determine if you are a candidate for the procedure, answer questions and make recommendations for managing the condition.

Is it safe? Yes. In clinical studies there have been no adverse reactions, injuries, disabilities or known side effects. As you may know, the use of medication available today for treatment of nail fungus carries with it possible systemic involvement (commonly the liver and kidney). This laser treatment does not.

What do I need to do before I come in for the procedure? Remove any nail polish or nail decorations the day before, bring in your payment method, you may want to bring in your iPod or MP3, favorite book, to help you relax and then relax!

Ready for more information or an appointment? Call 1-877-788-2200 to speak to one of our staff members today!

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Promising New Treatment for Fungus-Free Feet as seen on Good Morning America: