Warts and Plantar Warts (cont.)
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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 scarring.
The most common types of surgical treatment for wart removal include:
For electrosurgery, curettage, and laser surgery, a local anesthetic is used to numb the skin before the procedure.
What To Think About
A wart may return after surgery because surgery removes the wart but does not destroy the virus that causes the wart.
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:
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