Condyloma removal is the process to remove or destroy genital warts.
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Some genital warts (conylomas) can cause pain or distress because of appearance. Some may also have a number of warts or large warts. The procedure can remove the warts but does not cure the infection. The warts are likely to come back.
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will go over some problems such as:
Leading up to the procedure:
Anesthesia will block any pain. The choice of anesthesia will depend on how much area is affected. Your doctor will talk to you about options such as:
There are different ways to remove the wart. The choice will depend on how many warts will be removed and where they are. Common methods are:
Most will take about 15 to 30 minutes.
Anesthesia will keep you pain-free during the procedure. You will be sore after the procedure. Medicine and self-care will help to manage discomfort.
It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the area to fully heal.
Contact the doctor if your recovery is not going as you expect or you have problems such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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Last reviewed November 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2019