Genital and anal warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus is transmitted through sexual contact: genital-genital, oral-genital, and genital-anal. Only 1-2% of HPV-infected individuals have any visible warts. Genital warts are usually asymptomatic, but can also lead to symptoms of itching, burning, bleeding and pain with intercourse.
Cryotherapy: An in-office treatment that is repeated weekly or biweekly. It uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts. Cryotherapy is effective, minimally painful and does not result in scarring.
Topical Patient-Applied Therapy: Prescription strength cream is applied once to twice a week at home to cure the condition.
Liquid nitrogen treatments are covered by health insurance. Many visits are often required to cure the problem.
If your insurance does not have a high deductible, then the treatment should be covered by your insurance.
However, if your insurance does have a high deductible, then the costs will be passed to you.
In general each treatment visit costs $150 and you must invest 3-4 visits to obtain a great treatment.
This condition can not be cured in one visit only. Please plan accordingly.
What to expect:
On your first visit, a brief visual examination will take place to make the diagnosis. Then a quick treatment with liquid nitrogen and a prescription for a topical cream will be given.
Treatment with both liquid nitrogen and topical agents are recommended to hasten the disappearance of the warts.
With each treatment session, you will notice that the warts are decreasing in size until they are completely resolved. A few quick office visits, depending on the size and number of warts, will be needed for liquid nitrogen treatments.
A viral infection that leads to the development of small skin colored bumps commonly on the genitalia, thighs and lower abdomen. The bumps usually do not produce any symptoms. In a healthy individual, untreated lesions may persist up to 2 years and then spontaneously resolve. Even though the lesions are asymptomatic, they can be cosmetically disfiguring, leading patients to seek treatment.
Cryotherapy: An in-office treatment that uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the lesions. It is effective, minimally painful and does not result in scarring.
Electrodessication: A process used for lesions that do not improve with cryotherapy. Electrodessication uses an electrical current to kill the tissue.
Topical Patient-Applied Therapy: A prescription strength cream is applied once to twice a week in the comfort of your home.