Swift Verruca Treatment explained

Your local experts here to help defeat stubborn verrucas

The treatment for plantar warts, (verrucas) has not significantly changed in decades.

Persistent warts on the skin can suggest the bodies immunity is struggling to deal with the infection.

For an immune response to occur, virally infected tissue must be taken up by skin cells to the lymph nodes then recirculated to the skin where they recognise and kill the HPV infected skin cells.

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Swift Microwave Technology (A tissue ablation tool)

Swift has been developed in the UK and licenced for the general treatment of skin lesions in podiatry and dermatology.

A study lead by Ivan Bristow found that 75.9% of recalcitrant plantar warts with an average lesion duration of over five years cleared.

This compares well to previous studies using cryotherapy or salicylic acid of just 23-33% resolution.

Microwaves are situated between radio waves and infra-red waves and cannot cause any damage to living DNA. When they enter the body from the applicator, they agitate water molecules and cause some friction. They do not break the surface of the skin.

Swift heats the warty tissue to 41-44 C in a highly controllable, uniform manner.

The treatment microwaves penetrate to a depth of over 3.5 mm travelling in a straight line with energy deposited in alignment.

The ‘beam’ emitted from the device has little lateral spread and minimal damage to surrounding tissue.

The wart is sensitive to heat, and this results in tissue damage or death to the cell membranes and cell structure, this in turn can activates your body’s immune response.

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What to expect with Swift Verruca Treatment

At each appointment, the verruca is examined, photographed and measurements noted in your file.

The area is prepared prior to the procedure by debriding overlying callus from the verruca with a sterile scalpel blade.

A new probe applicator tip is used for each patient to prevent cross contamination.

During the treatment patients have reported moderate discomfort for up to 2 seconds. The verruca may be treated 3-5 times during this session. If you have several warts, they can also be treated at the same time.

Afterwards there is no dressing required or down time. Normal activities can continue, and you can drive home afterwards. There is usually no post procedural pain experienced.

Depending on how well you respond to the treatment determines the sessions required.

We recommend 2-3 treatments, leaving 2-4 weeks between each session.

We will assess the progress made at each appointment to determine if you require further Swift Treatments.

Watch the video below to hear a patients experience of Swift Verruca Treatment

How much does Swift Verruca Treatment cost?

First Session – £85.00

Subsequent Sessions – £80.00

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Contraindications & Cautions

There are a few situations when treatment may not be given, or extra consideration is needed.

These include:

  • If you have any metal pins, plates or replacement joints in the foot or ankle
  • If you have a pacemaker
  • If you have neuropathy in the feet
  • If the feet have poor circulation
  • If you have history of slow healing
  • If you have Diabetes
  • If you are taking immune suppressing drugs
  • If you have a low pain threshold

Young children – treatment on young children (under 10) may not be appropriate and is assessed on an individual basis

Breast Feeding & Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should know that the energy from Swift is delivered entirely locally, and so carries the same risk as treatments such as electrolysis, which is considered safe.

However, it is known that the immune system is naturally suppressed during pregnancy, so treatment may be theoretically less likely to be successful.

Experts at Treating Verrucas

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Infected tissue can exist several millimetres below the surface and can often be difficult to treat using traditional methods, resulting in
either untreated tissue or significant damage.

The best Technology to fight Verrucas

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Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose. As microwaves travel into the
tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy – quickly destroying all infected tissue within a predetermined depth.

Swift, Effective, Verruca Treatment

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In just seconds the treatment is complete and the healing cascade begins immediately. Treated tissue is quickly replaced, repaired and regenerated.

View the Case Studies Leaflet

Verruca Treatment before and after

95% of patients would recommend Swift verruca treatment to a friend.*

*as reported in Swift UK Patient Feedback Survey


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Medical Disclaimer. Always consult your Podiatrist before beginning any treatment program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional.