What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are skin lesions that appear as a result of viral infection, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV). While they can seem benign and often disappear on their own, plantar warts can also become quite large if not treated properly. Furthermore, they are contagious to those around you and can become very painful over time. Luckily, there is no shortage of treatment options that can provide you with relief, and medical surgery remains only a last resort.
What is wart excision surgery?
The surgical excision of plantar warts serves to remove recalcitrant or recurrent warts (verruca). Surgery becomes necessary when conservative treatments fail to contain the warts, or if your condition does not allow treatment with pharmacological agents. Some warts may be intractable and challenging to remove. Surgical excision may be the only option in these types of cases. A well-qualified, adept, and experienced medical practitioner can safely and effectively perform a wart removal surgery in a minimally invasive
Wart excision refers to removing the wart by cutting it out. The shave excision technique uses a straight blade rather than a curved surgical tool. But this procedure should never be carried out as a home remedy which increases the risk of infection and does not offer precise outcomes. It is vital that a skilled wart removal medical practitioner performs this procedure.
Advantages and limitations of wart removal surgery
- The benefit of wart removal surgery is that it allows for quick removal of warts. The surgery is effective on stubborn warts, which may not be successfully treated with non-invasive approaches. It avoids the need for medication. Furthermore, it is a one-time surgery with fast and efficient outcomes. You can quickly resume work. You can maintain your daily activities (although you may have to limit certain sports). You keep your foot aesthetically pleasing.
- A limitation of this procedure is that it can, at times, leave a scar. The surgery also involves the use of anesthesia. Any surgical procedure has some intrinsic risks. Besides, there may be a chance of the wart reappearing.
Wart removal is an in-office procedure and does not typically involve any major post-operative discomfort or recovery duration. But some patients may return to their routine a day after the surgery.Our chiropodist will explain exactly what you need to do at home to ensure good results after the surgery. You will also be scheduled for a follow-up appointment within 7 to 14 days after surgery.
Note that the treated foot should not be physically loaded during the healing process for the first few days.