Hinchley Wood, Esher, KT10 0SR
Swift verruca treatment uses microwave energy delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy – quickly destroying all infected tissue within a predetermined depth, leaving surrounding tissue undamaged.
Treatment with Swift is extremely quick and requires no dressings causing minimal distuption to your day. Swift is applied for 5 seconds at a time. Some people experience some discomfort during this time, likened to a prick or scratch which lasts for 2 - 3 seconds, although some people may find it more painful.
There is usually very little or no discomfort after the procedure. In some cases the treated area may feel tender but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities, including swimming, running etc.
There are no specific contra-indications to Swift and anyone who has verrucae or warts can benefit. Swift treatment allows us to safely treat children from age 8 years upwards, subject to check-up. We will carry out a full assessment on all potential patients prior to treatment to confirm.
Swift Microwave Therapy is a pioneering new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licenced for the general treatment of verrucae and warts in Podiatry.
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When the virus enters the skin, some people’s immune systems immediately respond by producing antibodies and killing it dead. Others don’t and a verruca forms. Swift is designed to prompt that local immune response for the body to heal itself. Swift treatment results in a degree of localised tissue damage prompting a healing response part of which is antibody recruitment. It is also thought to stimulate heat stress protein production which is known to prompt a strong healing response.
The number of treatments required to remove a verruca is dependent on how long you have had them, the location, how many you have, and how you respond to treatment. A vast majority of verrucae will be treated successfully in 3 treatments. Each treatment is 2 - 3 weeks apart. We will discuss this with you at your initial assessment.
A clinical study carried out by the University Of Southampton recruited 32 adults with one or more persistent verrucae for a course of up to 4 treatments, roughly 4 weeks apart. In order to be eligible for the research, patients had to have had their verruca for at least 1 year and failed to respond to previous treatments. The results showed that out of 54 verrucae treated with Swift Microwave Therapy, 76% of verrucae had resolved with 94% of the resolved verrucae having cleared after 3 treatments or less.