Warts and Plantar Warts - Surgery
Surgery is an option if home treatment and
treatment at your doctor's office has failed. Surgery for
warts is usually quick and effective. No single
surgical method is more effective than another in curing warts. Generally,
doctors start with the surgical method that is least likely to cause
The most common types of surgical treatment for wart
Electrosurgery and curettage.
Electrosurgery is burning the wart with an electrical current. Curettage is
cutting the wart off with a sharp knife or a small, spoon-shaped tool. The two
procedures are often used together.
Laser surgery burns off the wart with an intense beam of light.
For electrosurgery, curettage, and laser surgery, a
local anesthetic is used to numb the skin before the
What To Think About
A wart may return after surgery
because surgery removes the wart but does not destroy the virus that causes the
The type of surgery used to remove warts depends on their
type, location, and size. Curettage, electrosurgery, and laser surgery are more
likely than cryotherapy to leave scars and thus are usually reserved for
hard-to-remove or recurring warts. If you have a large area of warts, curettage
may not be an effective treatment.
Some surgical treatments may be
too painful for some children.
When making a decision about
surgical wart removal, consider the following factors:
treatments are less likely to cause scarring than surgical treatments. Scars
that develop after surgery on the sole of the foot (for plantar warts) can be
Pain. The pain from the
surgical treatment usually comes from the injection of
local anesthetic, not from the procedure itself. You
may have pain after the drug wears off. Except for
paring, all surgical treatments require
Cost of treatment. Surgery can
Duration of treatment.
Surgical treatments remove warts more quickly than nonsurgical treatments. But
some treatments require repeat office visits.