Wart removal surgery

Wart removal surgery is always conducted at a hospital or clinic by a medical professional such as a doctor or dermatologist. You should never try to cut out a wart by yourself, since this can cause unnecessary pain and infection.

The main type of wart removal surgery is called curettage, but it is not uncommon for this procedure to be done in combination with another wart treatment, such as laser wart removal or electrosurgery/burning off warts. Your best option will depend on the location, size and type of wart. Curettage has been in use as a surgical method of treating warts for a relatively long time and it is still widely practiced. It is fairly quick and has a good initial success rate, although recurrence is not uncommon. However, it can be perceived as painful and cause scarring. It can also be quite expensive.

Different types of surgery

  • Curettage means that the wart and its roots are scraped or cut out of the skin with a sharp knife or small, spoon-shaped tool. You will need to return to the clinic one to four weeks after the surgery for an inspection of the treated area. It will then be decided if the treatment was a success or if a second round of surgery is required. This process will continue until the wart is fully removed.
  • Electrosurgery is a method that burns off warts using a high frequency electric current. As the electric charge passes through the tissue it dries out the wart and burns it away. Electrosurgery is usually followed by curettage.
  • Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light to burn and destroy the wart tissue. This type of surgery is mostly used to remove verrucas (warts on the soles of your feet).

Warts on hands and fingers

What are the causes, symptoms and treatments for warts on hands and fingers?


Removing warts

There are a number of different methods for removing your wart, what are the different options?

Who should use wart removal surgery?

Wart removal surgery is generally only considered for the most difficult cases of warts. Your dermatologist or doctor may recommend wart removal surgery if:

  • You have had a wart for several years and it is not showing any signs of disappearing on its own.
  • You have tried other wart treatments but not had success.
  • You are in a lot of pain from the wart.
  • You have a wart that keeps coming back.

What are the alternatives to wart removal surgery?

When it comes to wart removal, surgery is usually used as a last resort. Most warts can be treated at home with an over the counter solution from your local pharmacy. Salicylic acid is the most common home treatment, but it is also possible to freeze warts at home. Another over the counter solution is formic acidEndWarts PEN is a formic acid based treatment that can be used by the whole family, including children under the age of 4, diabetics, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Please consult a Healthcare Professional for children under 4 years. If all home treatments fail, cryotherapy (freezing warts) at a clinic is a non-invasive alternative to surgery.

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