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Embarrassed by your verruca?
What are verrucas?
Verrucas are lesions on the foot caused by a virus, and as such are difficult to treat effectively. They are one of the most common foot complaints amongst patients in the UK, causing pain, embarrassment and irritation. Notoriously difficult to get rid of, traditional treatments can be painful, invasive and protracted. However, a breakthrough has been made in the treatment of verrucas that offers a faster and more predictable outcome. Swift has landed...
What is Swift?
Swift is a brand new technology, developed in the UK, which uses microwave technology to treat verrucas. Microwaves have been in clinical use for over 30 years, and are used globally in the effective treatment of cancer. With a treatment time of seconds, Swift is a new and precise way of treating soft tissue lesions.
What can I expect?
Before your treatment, your podiatrist may remove some of the overlying hard skin on the verruca. The Swift probe is held in contact with the skin, and the treatment lasts approximately 5 seconds. Pain levels vary from patient to patient, but most people liken the sensation to a pain similar to an injection or scratch. There is no need for an anaesthetic and no need for a dressing.
What happens after the treatment?
In some cases the area may feel tender, but will not prevent you from undertaking normal daily activities.
How may treatments will I need?
This depends on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one session (these are usually 4 weeks apart depending on the response). Your podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you.
How much does the treatment cost?
A course of three treatments with Swift costs £349.00. Subsequent treatments (if required) cost £80.00 per session.
What's the evidence?
A clinical study carried out by the University of Southampton recruited 32 adults with one or more persistant plantar warts for a course of up to 4 treatments roughly four weeks apart. In order to be eligible for the research, patients had to have had their verruca for at least one year and failed to respond to previous treatments.
The results showed that out of 54 warts treated with Swift microwave therapy, 76% of lesions had resolved. 94% of the resolved lesions cleared after three treatments or less.
"Significant advantages over traditional therapies"
Dr Ivan Bristow, Southampton University
This video illustrates the scientific overview of a treatment using Swift microwave therapy.
How safe are microwaves?
Microwaves have been in use for over 30 years, and are employed globally in the effective treatment of cancer. The same fundamental power that powers Swift, is also being used in the treatment of lung, liver, kidney and breast cancer in countries all over the world.