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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.
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:
Laser surgery may be considered when:
Laser surgery may help when other treatments don't work, but it doesn't seem to work better than cryosurgery or electrosurgery.footnote 1
There is a slight risk of infection associated with laser surgery. Signs of infection include:
CitationsWolff 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.
Current as of: October 31, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Patrice Burgess MD - Family Medicine & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Ellen K. Roh MD - Dermatology
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