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
The wound will be painful for a few days after laser surgery. Recovery time depends on the location and number of warts removed.
Why It Is Done
Laser surgery may be considered when:
Medicine has failed, and it is necessary to remove the warts.
Warts are large or widespread.
Warts need to be treated during pregnancy. Your doctor will recommend when treatment should be done during pregnancy.
How Well It Works
Laser surgery can work to treat warts. But like other treatments for warts, it doesn't always work. Some doctors use laser surgery along with another treatment to increase the chances that the wart will go away.
The risks of laser surgery for warts depends on the type of laser used. Some common risks include:
Medical Review:Patrice Burgess MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology
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