There are concerns that laser treatment may increase the risk of having warts return by destroying the local immune system. – WebMD.com (1)
Laser surgery only treats the symptoms and not the cause of genital warts. This means that the procedure might solve the problem temporarily, but it won’t reduce the risk of genital warts coming back.
Besides pain from the procedure, WebMD lists many more side effects:
- swelling and itching
- discharge from the vagina or penis
- sores in the treated area
- tissue that sticks together
- shedding of dead tissue
- urination that occurs in a wide
- spraying stream
- possible scarring of the penis
- problems with urination or erection
- scarring. (1)
Even more frightening, “There are concerns that laser treatment may increase the risk of having warts return by destroying the local immune system … (and) … laser surgery for the treatment of genital warts is more expensive than many other treatment methods.” (1)
“Laser surgery may be done in a doctor’s office or clinic, a hospital, or an outpatient surgery center. Local or general anesthetic may be used depending on the number of warts to be removed or the size of the area to be treated.” (1)
What can you expect if you get laser surgery to remove genital warts?
“Recovery time depends on the location and number of warts removed. Healing usually occurs in 2 to 4 weeks.
For men and women who have had laser surgery, call your doctor if you have any of the following:
- Bleeding that lasts longer than 1 week
- A fever
- Severe pain
- Bad-smelling or yellowish discharge, which may point to an infection
Avoid sexual intercourse until the treated area heals and the soreness is gone (usually 1 to 3 weeks, depending on the size of the area treated).”
One should recognize that laser surgery only treats the symptoms.
It does not target the underlying cause of genital warts, that is, the HPV virus. While there is at least one drug being developed as a topical treatment against the HPV virus in warts, there are no current drugs that target the active virus systemically, and there are no drugs that target the latent virus.