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Wart or Verruca Removal treats skin growths caused by HPV.

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Overview

Understanding Warts and Verrucas

Warts and verrucas are small lumps on the skin that most people will have at some point in their life. They are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes an excess amount of keratin, a hard protein, to develop in the top skin layer (epidermis).

When Surgery Becomes Necessary

While warts and verrucas often clear up without treatment, they can be unsightly and uncomfortable. In some cases, they may also spread to other parts of the body or to other people. When warts or verrucas are large, numerous, or located in sensitive areas, surgical removal may be recommended.

Overview of the Surgical Procedure

Wart or verruca removal typically involves either cryotherapy (freezing the wart or verruca with liquid nitrogen) or laser treatment. Both procedures aim to destroy the wart or verruca without damaging the surrounding skin.

Surgical Procedures Explained

  • Wart or Verruca Removal (Cryotherapy/Freezing): This involves applying liquid nitrogen to the wart or verruca, causing it to freeze and fall off.
  • Wart or Verruca Removal (Laser): A laser is used to burn off the wart or verruca.
  • Genital (Vaginal/Penile) Wart Removal: This involves the removal of warts in the genital area using either cryotherapy or laser treatment.

Key Takeaways

  • Warts and verrucas are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Surgical removal may be recommended for large, numerous, or sensitive warts or verrucas
  • Cryotherapy and laser treatment are common removal methods
  • The cost of wart or verruca removal in the UK ranges from £100 to £600
  • Recovery is typically quick, with minimal downtime
Help Choosing

Help Choosing

When having a wart of verruca removed, understanding the differences between cryotherapy (freezing), laser removal, and genital (vaginal/penile) wart removal can help you choose the most appropriate treatment based on the type of wart, its location, and your personal preferences:
1. Wart or Verruca Removal by Cryotherapy (Freezing): This method involves applying liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, causing it to fall off over time. Cryotherapy is effective for common warts and verruca's (plantar warts) and is a quick procedure typically performed in a healthcare provider's office. It may require multiple sessions, especially for larger or stubborn warts. The treatment can be slightly painful and may cause temporary blistering or skin discoloration, but it has minimal risk of scarring.
2. Wart or Verruca Removal by Laser: Laser treatment uses an intense beam of light to burn and destroy wart tissue. It's a good option for warts that haven't responded to other treatments and can be used for both common and plantar warts. Laser removal may require anaesthesia and can involve a longer healing process and a higher cost compared to cryotherapy. The risk of scarring is generally low, but it may take several sessions to completely remove the wart.
3. Genital (Vaginal/Penile) Wart Removal: Genital warts require specialised treatment due to their sensitive location. Various methods can be used, including topical medications, cryotherapy, laser treatment, or surgical removal, depending on the wart's size and location. Treatment for genital warts is usually done with a focus on minimising discomfort and preserving the sensitive skin in the area. It's crucial to treat genital warts under the guidance of a healthcare professional due to the potential for sexually transmitted infections and the need for careful management.

When choosing a wart removal method, consider the wart's size, location, your pain tolerance, and healing time preferences. Some methods, like cryotherapy, are more common and widely available, while others, like laser treatment, may be better for specific types of warts or when other treatments have failed. For genital warts, it's especially important to seek professional medical advice to ensure safe and effective treatment.

You can book an appointment with a doctor or healthcare professional to discuss the most suitable method for your specific situation.

Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of Wart or Verruca Removal can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Wart or Verruca Removal directly on Odycy to find the best Wart or Verruca Removal prices near you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is wart or verruca removal?

Wart or verruca removal is a procedure that involves the removal of warts or verrucas, which are small lumps on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Common removal methods include cryotherapy (freezing) and laser treatment.

How long does it take to recover from wart or verruca removal?

The dead tissue from the wart or verruca will typically fall off within a week or two after the procedure. Patients can usually return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

Are there any risks associated with wart or verruca removal?

Some potential risks of wart or verruca removal include infection at the treatment site, scarring or changes in skin color, pain or discomfort during the healing process, and recurrence of the wart or verruca.

What are some alternatives to surgical wart or verruca removal?

Alternatives to surgical wart or verruca removal include over-the-counter treatments, prescription medications, and home remedies.

Further Information

Related Concerns

If left untreated, warts and verrucas can cause discomfort and embarrassment. They can also spread to other parts of the body or to other people.

Causes of the Issues

Warts and verrucas are caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The virus causes an overproduction of keratin in the skin, which leads to the formation of warts and verrucas.

Treatment Approaches

Treatment options for warts and verrucas include over-the-counter treatments, prescription medications, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgical removal.

Service Overview

Cryotherapy and laser treatment are effective methods for removing warts and verrucas. These procedures are typically quick, with minimal recovery time. They can be performed in a doctor's office or a clinic, and patients can usually return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

Step-by-Step Guide to Wart or Verruca Removal

  1. The area around the wart or verruca is cleaned.
  2. A local anesthetic may be applied to numb the area.
  3. For cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen is applied to the wart or verruca using a spray or a cotton swab. For laser treatment, a laser is used to burn off the wart or verruca.
  4. The treated area is covered with a bandage.
  5. The dead tissue will fall off within a week or two. ### Conditions Warranting Wart or Verruca Removal Wart or verruca removal may be recommended in cases where the wart or verruca is causing pain, discomfort, or embarrassment. Additionally, if the wart or verruca is located in a sensitive area, such as the genitals, or if there is a risk of spreading the virus to other parts of the body or to other people, removal may be advised. Lifestyle considerations, such as occupation or hobbies that involve frequent contact with water, may also warrant removal. ### Benefits of Wart or Verruca Removal
  6. Eliminates pain and discomfort associated with warts or verrucas
  7. Reduces the risk of spreading the virus to other areas of the body or to other people
  8. Improves the appearance of the affected area
  9. Allows for a return to normal activities without discomfort ### Risks of Wart or Verruca Removal
  10. Infection at the treatment site
  11. Scarring or changes in skin color
  12. Pain or discomfort during the healing process
  13. Recurrence of the wart or verruca ### Preparation for Surgery
  14. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best treatment option
  15. Follow any preoperative instructions provided by the healthcare provider, such as avoiding certain medications or applying a topical anesthetic ### Pre-surgery Procedures and Checks
  16. The healthcare provider will clean the area around the wart or verruca
  17. A local anesthetic may be applied to numb the area ### Postoperative Care
  18. Keep the treated area clean and dry
  19. Follow any home care instructions provided by the healthcare provider
  20. Attend any follow-up appointments as recommended ### Recovery and Rehabilitation
  21. The dead tissue will fall off within a week or two
  22. Follow any recommendations for physical therapy or exercises, if applicable ### Alternatives to Surgery
  23. Over-the-counter treatments, such as salicylic acid or duct tape
  24. Prescription medications, such as imiquimod or podofilox
  25. Home remedies, such as tea tree oil or apple cider vinegar ## References
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  27. Mayo Clinic. (2023). Plantar warts. [online] Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/plantar-warts/symptoms-causes/syc-20352691 [Accessed 12 Dec. 2023].
  28. WebMD. (2023). Warts and Plantar Warts - Treatment. [online] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/warts-and-plantar-warts-treatment-overview [Accessed 12 Dec. 2023].
  29. NHS. (2023). Genital warts. [online] Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/genital-warts/ [Accessed 12 Dec. 2023].
  30. Private Healthcare UK. (2023). The cost of wart removal. [online] Available at: https://www.privatehealth.co.uk/conditions-and-treatments/wart-removal/costs/ [Accessed 12 Dec. 2023].
  31. Bupa UK. (2023). Wart and verruca removal. [online] Available at: https://www.bupa.co.uk/health/health-insurance/healthcare-services/wart-and-verruca-removal [Accessed 12 Dec. 2023].

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