What are plantar warts?
Plantar warts are benign growths on the skin as a result of the human papilloma virus (HPV) that can occur in people of all ages. Many patients seek treatment for reasons including irritation, pain, cosmetic embarrassment and risk of transmission. Treatments include topical creams, freezing, and surgical procedures, however these tend to disrupt a patient’s lifestyle.
What is SWIFT microwave therapy and how does it work for plantar warts?
Instead of trying to treat a wart by burning or freezing it, SWIFT uses microwave energy. This is a new technology that delivers a precise short dose of energy into the tissue to a pre-determined depth, leaving the skin intact. The energy heats up the virus-infected cells, causing proteins to be released and thereby triggering the immune system to begin clearing the infection.
What are the benefits of SWIFT therapy?
SWIFT is a non-invasive treatment which stimulates the body’s immune system. It is a great alternative to surgery with minimal side effects, and does not require any medication or anaesthesia. Since there are no breaks in the skin, no post-treatment dressings are necessary and there is no risk of infection.
How many treatments are required?
Studies have shown that patients require an average of 3-4 sessions at monthly intervals for full clearance of the wart. Approximately 8-10 watts of microwave energy are applied directly to the affected area, and each application lasts only 2 seconds. Some patients may require more sessions depending on the size of the warts and how long they have existed.
Does the treatment hurt?
Patients may feel a sharp sensation like an injection, but the pain quickly subsides. It is rare for patients to feel prolonged pain. There may be some soreness, but 95% of patients are able to resume their daily activities within 30 minutes of treatment.
Is this suitable for children?
This treatment is safe for children, and studies have shown that they require less sessions than adults for full resolution of their warts.
What is the success rate of this treatment?
Clinical studies have shown a 75.9% clearance rate, but real-world clinical data shows an 85% success rate.