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:
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Leading up to the procedure:
A physical exam and tests will be done.
Talk to your doctor about the medicines you take. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to 1 week in advance.
Follow your doctor's instructions on how to clean out your bowels.
Eat a light lunch and a clear, liquid dinner the day before surgery.
Do not eat or drink after midnight before your surgery.
Arrange for a ride home after 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:
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Surgery for human papillomavirus. NYU Langone Health website. https://nyulangone.org/conditions/human-papillomavirus-in-adults/treatments/surgery-for-human-papillomavirus. Accessed May 20, 2019.
Last reviewed November 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Daus Mahnke, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2019
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