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How to Remove Warts with Scalpel (surgical excision)

One of the surgical procedures that medicine has for removing warts is the use of a scalpel.

The scalpel procedure for removing warts is relatively simple and safe as long as it is performed by a professional trained in this type of surgery.

A scalpel is a medical instrument used to make cuts in the skin. It is used to cut around the wart, removing all layers of the wart’s skin and leaving the healthy tissue. The advantage of the scalpel is that it is a very precise instrument.

Steps to remove warts with a scalpel

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The process is very simple. These are the steps that every doctor follows to remove a wart with a scalpel:

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry the wart area before starting the procedure. You can use alcohol or saline solution.
  2. Firmly press the affected area with a sterile gauze. This will help to reduce the blood and pain during the process.
  3. Local anesthesia may be applied to prevent pain.
  4. The scalpel will serve to remove the wart without causing major damage to the surrounding skin. The instrument should be sharp and pointed to facilitate a clean and precise cut without tearing into the abscess, which is located beneath the surface layer of skin that covers some warts. It is recommended to make three cuts on each side of the wart, with alternating movements in each cut.
  5. Use phototherapy or ultraviolet light to help heal the skin faster and leave no scars.
  6. Cover the wound with gauze or a special adhesive to help keep it clean and dry while the edges of it heal.

Cautions to take after removing warts with a scalpel

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Although removing warts with a scalpel is an effective practice, it can cause infections if precautions are not taken.

The wounds that occur when removing warts with a scalpel can easily get infected and require medical treatment. That is why it is important for patients to be careful when undergoing the surgery and for the doctor to explain how to prevent infections.

The following are the precautions you should keep in mind:

  • Wash the wounds with water and neutral soap.
  • Avoid exercising until the wound heals.
  • Don’t go to swimming pools in the days following the wart removal.
  • Apply an antibiotic cream to the area affected by the wart, if necessary, before getting dressed. Don’t use ointments or creams not recommended by the doctor.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • Go to the doctor to have the wounds checked. There may be a non-visible infection beneath the skin or in the tissue near the area affected by the wart and it may be causing problems without you knowing it.

These were some tips to help you know how to deal with HPV. However, there is much more you need to do if you really want to get rid of HPV and warts forever.

What you need to do is GET RID OF THE ROOT of the problem.

For that reason, I recommend you to look into Dr. Kirkland's story and how he was able to cure HPV and get rid of warts for good.

Click here to see what he did

I wish you great success in your recovery!

Frequently asked questions

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Can I remove a wart by cutting it off?

I don’t recommend that you remove a wart on your own, as it could become infected and potentially worsen. It’s advisable to have a doctor perform this type of procedure.

Is a wart dead if it bleeds?

A bleeding wart is not dead. Warts are connected to blood vessels, and if you rub the wart against clothing or something else, you could hurt these blood vessels, causing the wart to bleed.

What is the hardest wart to get rid of?

Plantar warts are the most difficult warts to get rid of, as being on the sole of the foot, they don’t allow for proper healing, which could potentially lead to their recurrence.

Does surgically removing a wart hurt?

Removing a wart with a surgical procedure doesn’t hurt, as the doctor uses local anesthesia. However, the area where the wart was removed may start to hurt when you’re at home and the effect of the anesthesia has worn off.


Dr. Amy Wilson

Medically reviewed by Dr. Amy Wilson. Dr. Amy Wilson, born in the United States, obtained her medical degree from Lincoln University School of Medicine. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, she’s dedicated 15 years to women’s health, becoming a distinguished gynecologist and serving in various U.S. medical institutions.


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