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
The wound will be painful for a few
days after laser surgery. Recovery time depends on the location and number of
After laser surgery, call your doctor if you
Laser surgery may be considered
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:
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
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.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerEllen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
Current as ofOctober 13, 2016
Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Ellen K. Roh, MD - Dermatology
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