Swift Microwave Therapy for Warts
- New York City, NY
Are you tired of dealing with pesky warts? The Geldwert Bunion Center is very excited
to announce a brand new and effective treatment for surface-based skin lesions, primarily warts.
Plantar warts: A common and stubborn viral infection
“Plantar” means “of the sole” in Latin. Unlike other types of warts, plantar warts are typically quite painful as the pressure from walking and standing forces them to grow into your skin. Like all warts, plantar warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus, specifically types 1, 2, 4, 60, and 63. Underneath the skin, the wart can have finger-like roots that reach down and grow, making it very difficult to treat effectively from the surface.
What is Swift?
Swift is a cutting-edge, FDA cleared technology that has proven to be highly effective in the removal of plantar warts. It delivers low dose microwave energy through a specialized probe that targets and effectively treats the underlying HPV virus by stimulating a natural immune response in the body. We like to say that we’re addressing the root cause, not the symptom.
What to expect
Swift protocol involves between 3 and 4 treatments, spaced 4 weeks apart: aligning with the body’s natural immune cycle. Each treatment lasts only 5-10 minutes and is what we call a “sock off – sock on” treatment: limited debridement, no breaking of the skin, and no bandages. No home treatment is required between sessions and patients can resume daily activities immediately post-treatment.
How effective is Swift?
Due to Swift harnessing the power of the patient’s immune system to target the root cause of the wart (HPV), efficacy is significantly higher compared to other treatment methods. For more information on Swift and how it compares to traditional methods, visit https://www.warttreatmentinfo.com/
Does it hurt?
While pain is variable and patient/lesion-specific, most patients typically feel some level of discomfort as infected tissue temperatures are rapidly elevated over a 2-second dose of energy. The pain immediately subsides following cessation of energy delivery and there is very limited post-procedural pain. In fact, some report an immediate reduction in pain levels. All patients can continue with day-to-day activities immediately following treatment.
When you should come to see us
It’s important to visit a podiatrist if you suspect or feel that you have a plantar wart and are seeking removal. The longer you wait to seek treatment, the more likely the wart is to persist. Here are some common symptoms to look out for:
- The feeling of “painful pebbles” in your shoes
- Pain when you compress the sides of the wart
- A circular flat spot on the skin with a depressed area in the middle
- A yellowed, crusty appearance; small black dots can be an easy sign
- The lesion is painful, bleeding, or has changed color
- Repeated treatment failure and wart recurrence/multiplication
- Discomfort that prevents you from regular activities
- Poor sensation in your feet
- Uncertainty the lesion is a wart
What to do next?
If you would like to get rid of your warts and/or explore Swift treatment, book a consultation with Dr. Geldwert.