Electrosurgery is a procedure that involves burning the skin that
wart. This is done with an electrical charge sent
through the tip of a needle, drying and burning off the wart tissue. The skin
around the wart must first be numbed with a painful
local anesthetic injection.
Electrosurgery can be used for a single wart or a few warts but not
for large areas of warts. It often leaves a scar, and warts can return after
Curettage is the surgical removal (scraping or cutting) of wart
tissue using a scalpel or a small, sharp, spoon-shaped tool. This procedure may
be painful and can cause scarring. Curettage usually requires local anesthetic,
except in the case of filiform warts, which have only a small connection to the
skin. Curettage is a quick treatment to remove warts, but recurrence of warts
Electrosurgery and curettage are sometimes used together to treat
large warts and increase the chance of successful wart removal.
September 7, 2012
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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