Warts Treatment Electrosurgery

Electrosurgery is a treatment for warts that uses electricity to remove wart tissue. Electrosurgery is often used in combination with curettage, a surgical process that involves scraping away tissue with a sharp-edged, spoon-shaped instrument. Electrosurgery can be an effective form of wart removal.

Although electrosurgery and curettage must be performed by medical professionals, curettage is among the most commonly used forms of treatment for warts and other benign skin lesions. As a surgical wart removal procedure, curettage is second only to cryotherapy, in terms of popularity.

Electrosurgery and Curettage Steps

Before performing electrosurgery, your doctor cleans the wart and the surrounding area and applies a local anesthetic to partially numb the area. A needle is heated with electricity and positioned on the wart to kill it.

Curettage is a common follow-up step to electrosurgery. The physician uses a curette to remove any remaining wart tissue. Patients are advised to keep the wound clean and dry until it’s healed.

Benefits of Electrosurgery and Curettage

Although warts may go away without any treatment, you must be willing to wait a long time. Electrosurgery, on the other hand, allows you to see benefits quickly. A typical electrosurgery and curettage treatment session takes about 30 minutes to remove warts, compared to the weeks it can take for other forms of treatment for warts. Electrosurgery also has a solid success rate of 65 to 85 percent, according to the Warts Information Center.

Along with its effectiveness for wart removal, electrosurgery is also a relatively inexpensive form of surgery compared to laser surgery, which is quite expensive and requires stringent safety procedures.

Also, instead of requiring a surgeon with a scalpel to carry out the treatment, electrosurgery can be conducted by a podiatrist with a local anesthetic, and generally causes less damage to surrounding tissue than other methods of wart removal.

Drawbacks of Electrosurgery and Curettage

Keep in mind that while electrosurgery and curettage may be effective for wart removal, they aren’t removing the actual cause of your warts, the human papillomavirus, or HPV. This means your warts could come back after electrosurgery. The Warts Information Center reports a 30 percent re-infection rate.

Possible side effects of electrosurgery and curettage include:

  • Pain during and after procedure, even with the use of a local anesthetic
  • Risk of infection
  • Scarring
  • Slow healing
  • Subcutaneous bleeding
  • Temporary or permanent nerve damage
  • Wound re-opening.


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