Radiofrequency Removal of Plantar Warts

Radiofrequency or radiowave surgery can be used for minor surgical procedures such as removing thread warts, or growths.

It involves the passage of radio waves into the skin to perform the removal or reshaping of a lesion. Different types of electrodes are used depending on the type of lesion, e.g. fine needle, wire loop, scalpel blade etc.

Expect minor swelling, redness, bruising and tenderness in the area for a few days as it heals. There should not however be any bleeding due to the tissue coagulation during treatment.

RadioSurgery background information

Warts can be both upsetting to look at and cause social and psychological unease for those whose face is blighted by such growths. With increases in the occurrence of skin cancers we are well advised to seek professional, medical advice about any growths which appear over night or change dramatically in appearance. Thankfully though, most growths are benign and harmless, and removal is often quick and simple with reassuring cosmetic results.

Advantages of radio-surgery include:

  • Rapid healing.
  • Minimal or no bleeding.
  • Aesthetically pleasing scars or no scars.
  • Lesser operating time.

Summary of advice for RadioSurgery

Radiosurgery is a relatively new minimally invasive method of cutting and coagulating soft tissues and is used to remove and reshape skin tags, warts, growths, and other ‘lumps and bumps’.

During this procedure, tissue to be treated is either removed or destroyed by electrical energy, which is then converted to heat because of tissue resistance.

Unlike electrocautery, the heat is generated in the tissues and hence the actual electrode remains cold so cannot burn or damage surrounding tissue. There is no pressure required during radiosurgery and the tissue cells are effectively vaporised in the path of the radiowaves, which causes them to split apart much like a hot wire through polystyrene.

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