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Like Pulling Weeds: Wart Removal Procedures

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Nature is always growing and changing. Places like the New Orleans Botanical Gardens feature that prominently. In most cases, growing nature is a beautiful thing. Sometimes, though, things in nature that get on your feet and “grow” are not nice at all, like warts. The virus that causes warts can be found all around warm and damp places in the environment, and it’s hard to get rid of. Wart removal procedures are one effective option. Knowing what to expect from a procedure can help you determine if it’s really the best option for your lower limbs.


Warts are more like weeds than ordinary plants. They spread easily and are hard to eradicate. There are plenty of possibilities for treatment, but if those methods don’t eliminate the virus that created the bump in the first place, it won’t matter. When home remedies, topical medications, and freezing don’t work, typically people turn to wart removal procedures to quickly eliminate the growth.


Wart removal is usually quick and easy. Our team at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC will help you determine if a procedure really is the best treatment path for you, then prepare for it. There are a couple ways to approach the problem. The first is a simple excision. Your foot will be numbed up with anesthetic. Then, our experts will carefully cut out the wart and bandage the wound.


A slightly more effective approach is to use electrosurgery and curettage. Again, your foot will be carefully anesthetized and prepared. Curettage means the wart will then be scraped away. A deep wart may need to be scooped out so that all the infected skin is removed. The electrosurgery involves our team using a tool to cauterize the bump and burn out the virus.

In some cases, laser surgery to burn away the virus may be an option for you. The best way to determine which wart removal procedure is right for your feet is to have the wart examined and discuss the possibilities with our experts. We’ll work with you and answer any questions you may have. You can request a consultation at Gulf South Foot & Ankle, LLC in Metairie, LA, through our website. You can also call (504) 708-4810.


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