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:
Pulsed dye laser works about the same for wart removal as cryotherapy and cantharidin.1
There is a slight risk of infection associated with laser surgery. Signs of infection include:
There are concerns that laser treatment may increase the risk of having warts return by destroying the local immune system, allowing inactive viruses to become active.
Last Revised: September 2, 2010
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