Genital Warts (Human Papillomavirus)
You may have surgery to remove genital warts if they are widespread and medicine or freezing (cryotherapy) fails to remove them.
If you have a high-risk type of HPV that causes an abnormal Pap test, your doctor may recommend certain types of surgery. For more information about surgical methods to treat abnormal cell changes, see the topic Reference Abnormal Pap Test.
Surgical methods that may be used include:
- Reference Cryotherapy (cryosurgery).
- Reference Electrocautery.
- Reference Surgical excision.
- Reference Laser surgery.
- Reference Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP).
Surgical treatment for pregnant women
Surgical choices for pregnant women with genital warts include electrocautery, surgical excision, loop electrosurgical excision (LEEP), and laser surgery.
What to think about
The success of surgery is related to the number of warts present. The success rate is higher and additional treatments are less likely to be required when surgery is done on fewer and smaller warts. But surgery is less likely to be needed for a few small areas of warts.
Surgery may be more expensive than some other treatment choices.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 21, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology