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Can you get surgery to treat genital warts?

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Surgery can get rid of all your genital warts in a single visit. After giving you a local anesthetic, your doctor can remove your warts using different methods. These include:

In most cases, you won’t need stitches after surgery.

  • Cutting them off with scissors
  • Shaving them off with a sharp blade (this is called shave excision)
  • Using a laser to remove them (curettage laser)
  • Burning them off using electrocautery, a process that uses a low-voltage electrical probe

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Warts,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Management of Genital Warts,” Dermal Electrosurgical Shave Excision.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Genital Warts: Overview.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 23, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Genital Warts,” “Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Management of Genital Warts,” Dermal Electrosurgical Shave Excision.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Genital Warts: Overview.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on April 23, 2019

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