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Laser Surgery for Warts


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Laser Surgery for Warts

Surgery Overview

Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light, or laser, to burn and destroy the wart tissue. It is usually done in a doctor's office or clinic. Local or general anesthetic may be used, depending on the number of warts to be removed or the size of the area to be treated.

What To Expect After Surgery

The wound will be painful for a few days after laser surgery. Recovery time depends on the location and number of warts removed.

After laser surgery, call your doctor if you have:

Why It Is Done

Laser surgery may be considered when:

How Well It Works

Laser surgery may help when other treatments don't work, but it doesn't seem to work better than cryosurgery or electrosurgery.1

Risks

There is a slight risk of infection associated with laser surgery. Signs of infection include:

What To Think About

Laser surgery:

Complete the surgery information form (PDF) to help you prepare for this surgery.

References

Citations

  1. Wolff K, Johnson RA (2009). Human papillomavirus infections. In Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology, 6th ed., pp. 787-794. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Credits for Laser Surgery for Warts

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised September 7, 2012

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