Every year 3.5 million people in the United States are treated for verrucae, (warts). Clinical studies have proven that laser treatments of recalcitrant (resistant) warts is successful where treatment with acids, cryogenics, chemical agents, and surgical excisions have failed. Because there is usually no open wound and minimal pain, patients also can usually resume their active lifestyle immediately.
Why the Flashlamp Pulsed Dye Laser?
- Minimal pain during surgery and post-surgery
- Much shorter recovery time- return to normal activities almost immediately
- Little or no anesthetic is required
About the procedure. ..
Treatment works by selective absorption of laser energy by the blood supply which feeds the wart. The treated area then separates from the dermis and gradually sloughs off. Depending on the size and type of wart, your wart may respond to the very first treatment.
However, most patients will require additional treatments spaced at regular intervals. Strict adherence to a regular treatment schedule is necessary for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will assess whether further treatment is necessary. Inform your doctor of all medications (even aspirin) that you are currently taking.
What Should I expect during the Procedure?
Your doctor may first pare down the callus tissue in the area of your wart. Treatment consists of placing a small hand piece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. The laser is pulsed rather than continuous. Patients have compared the sensation to a rubber band snapping against the skin for a fraction of a second. Some areas will require one or two pulses, while others may require several more. Most patients can tolerate the discomfort without the need to inject local anesthesia. However, you and your doctor may opt for an injection. The pulsed dye laser does not leave an open wound following treatment, resulting in little or no chance of post treatment infection.
After the procedure
There may be some minor discomfort after the treatment, however, most patients are able to return to normal daily activities almost immediately. You will experience some temporary discoloration of the skin in the treated area. Over the 24 hours following the laser exposure, the grayish discoloration will darken and persist for up to 2-3 weeks
Is this procedure covered by insurance?
This procedure will be performed using equipment provided by HealthTech Solutions, an outside medical technology suppler that charges a fee separate from your physician. This fee is often substantially lower than hospital-based services and is usually paid by insurance companies. Your coverage for this procedure may be the same as your outpatient surgical center or ASC benefits. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary referrals from your primary care provider and paying any applicable deductibles or co-payments. Please consult your insurance carrier for more details.
Who is HealthTech Solutions?
HealthTech Solutions works closely with your healthcare provider to supply the necessary equipment, instrumentation, supplies and technical support to perform this and other procedures in the comfort and privacy of your provider’s office. The advanced cosmetic and surgical technology presented by HealthTech reduces the need to perform these procedures in outpatient surgical centers.