Verruca Treatment2019-03-13T12:45:02+01:00

Innovative Verruca and Wart Treatment

Introducing the Swift Microwave

In addition to more conventional treatment methods we are now able to offer this new breakthrough treatment that uses SWIFT microwave technology to overcome verrucas. It’s ideal for those people that have already tried acids, freeze sprays and duct tape, but still have a verucca or wart problem.

PATIENT INFORMATION

Frequently asked questions

What is a Verruca?2019-03-11T15:56:11+01:00

Verrucae are plantar warts that commonly occur on the soles of the feet or around the toe area. They are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which is highly contagious through direct person to person contact. There are various forms of HPV which all relate to various parts of the human body.

What is SWIFT®?2019-03-11T15:55:30+01:00

Swift is a new technology that has been developed in the UK, and is licenced for the general treatment of Verruca and skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected area. Microwaves have been used for over 30 years, and are employed globally in the effective treatment of cancer. The same fundamental power that powers Swift, is also being used in the treatment of lung, liver, kidney and breast cancer in countries all over the world.

What happens during the treatment?2019-03-11T15:54:20+01:00

Before your treatment, we may remove some of the overlying hard skin on the verruca. The Swift probe is then held in contact with the skin for approximately 3- 5 seconds. Pain levels vary from patient to patient, but most people liken the sensation to a pain similar to an injection or scratch lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding. There is no need for an anaesthetic and we don’t need to dress the area following treatment.

Is it painful after treatment?2019-03-11T15:46:37+01:00

In some cases the area may feel tender, but will not prevent you from undertaking normal daily activities.

How many treatments will I need?2019-03-11T15:56:34+01:00

This depends on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than three session (these are usually 4 weeks apart depending on the response). Your podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you.

Will Swift Treatment work for me?2019-03-11T15:56:28+01:00

We will make a full assessment to discuss whether Swift treatment can help you and to ensure you are eligible. If you have tried various other verruca treatments and still have an issue, then Swift microwave energy might be for you. There are some precautions, namely:

  • The presence of metal in your foot or ankle
  • If you wear a pacemaker
  • If you have poor or limited healing capacity because of neuropathy or peripheral circulation
  • Patients who are immuno suppressed
  • Pregnancy – the effect of verruca/e treatment is reduced during this time
  • Treatment of young children
  • Patients with a low pain threshold
What other treatments are there?2019-03-11T16:00:12+01:00

We can offer other treatments if Swift is not right for you. These include cryosurgery (freezing) or using strong acids to destroy the verruca. We can advise you of the most appropriate treatment when you book an appointment.

However, no treatment is 100% effective, and we cannot guarantee that the verruca or warts will not return.

How it works

Research

A clinical study carried out by the University of Southampton recruited 32 adults with one or more persistant plantar warts for a course of up to 4 treatments roughly four weeks apart. In order to be eligible for the research, patients had to have had their verruca for at least one year and failed to respond to previous treatments.

The results showed that out of 54 warts treated with Swift microwave therapy, 76% of lesions had resolved. 94% of the resolved lesions cleared after three treatments or less.

To read the research please click here.

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