Surgical removal of wart tissue is often a procedure that can easily be performed in the office. To remove your wart, your podiatric surgeon will first numb the area with a local anesthetic. Then, utilizing an instrument called a curette, the wart tissue is carefully removed to the level of healthy skin.
What to expect with your surgery
The day of the surgery
After surgery, a bandage will be applied to the surgical area. Leave the bandaging on the foot until the morning following the surgery. You should keep your foot dry and avoid excessive activity during this first day. There should be very little pain following this procedure. If there is pain, you should try taking over-the-counter Tylenol or Ibuprofen. If this is still not helpful, call the office. It is normal to see some bleeding or drainage on the bandage. If the bleeding does not stop, reinforce the bandage with more gauze and/or call the office.
Day 2 until your follow-up appointment
On the morning following surgery, you should soak your foot in warm water for 5-10 minutes and then carefully remove the dressing. Dry the surgical area off and apply a sufficient amount of triple antibiotic or other medication recommended by your doctor. Cover the surgical area with a band-aid or an appropriate sized gauze dressing. Change this dressing once or twice a day until you see your doctor for you follow-up appointment.
Depending on the size of the wart, healing can take 1-4 weeks. New skin will gradually form where the wart tissue was excised.