Warts and Plantar Warts - Surgery
Surgery is an option if home treatment and
treatment at your doctor's office have failed. Surgery for
warts is usually quick and effective. No single
surgical method is more effective than another in removing 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 off the wart 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.
What to think about
A wart may return after surgery,
because surgery removes the wart but doesn't destroy the virus that causes the
The type of surgery used to remove warts depends on the warts'
type, location, and size. Curettage, electrosurgery, and laser surgery are more
likely than cryotherapy to leave scars, so they 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.