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Swift Verruca Treatment

Swift Verruca Treatment Overview

  • Swift is a genuinely ‘revolutionary’ verruca treatment
  • Particularly suited to stubborn, resistant verrucae
  • The World’s most advanced evidence-based treatment

Leigham Practice is one of the most experienced and advanced verruca services in the country. We were one of the original, pioneering practices involved with the Swift verruca treatment launch and have further developed techniques using Swift to achieve over 90% success rates even with stubborn verrucae. We provide Swift verruca treatment both at the Leigham Practice in South London, and at the London Welbeck Hospital in the Harley Street area of Central London.


How does Swift work?

The short answer is that it’s unclear, but this is common to all verruca treatments. Swift uses microwave technology to deliver a burst of very localised energy. It is believed that the delivery of energy to the verruca triggers a protein to form that stimulates the immune system.


Is Swift Verruca Treatment safe?

Yes. The treatment is called ’emblation’ and has been used to treat cancer over the past 30 years. The revolutionary part of the Swift verruca treatment was to take the technology, condense it into equipment that could be placed in a clinic, and use it in new ways to treat other problems. Verrucae are just the first skin problem licensed for treatment, and more are being planned.


What is treatment like?

A small probe is placed directly onto the skin. Treatment feels like a bee sting for a second or two before instantly subsiding. Several treatments are usually applied to each verruca in quick succession and then you are free to leave. Although treatment is brief and well tolerated by many people, pain is an individual experience. If we need to use local analgaesia there would be no additional cost for its use. Swift verruca treatment is a ‘clean treatment’ and normal activity, including swimming, sports and driving can usually be resumed immediately after treatment and there is also usually no need to keep the foot dry in the following days.


How much does Swift treatment cost?

To see our treatment options for Swift verruca treatment at the Leigham Practice click here, or for treatment at the London Welbeck Hospital click here.


Contraindications and Cautions

There are a few situations where treatment may not be given, or extra consideration is needed. These include:

  • If you have any metal pins, plates or replacement joints in the foot or ankle
  • If you have a pacemaker
  • If you have neuropathy (nerve damage) in the feet
  • If the feet have very poor circulation
  • If you have poor healing
  • If you are taking immune suppressing drugs
  • If you have a low pain threshold (although we can use local analgaesia)
  • Young children – treatment on young children (under 10) might not be appropriate although we have treated children very successfully without being traumatic as young as eight.


Breast feeding and Pregnancy

For women who are pregnant or breast-feeding the energy from Swift is delivered entirely locally, and so carries the same risk as electrolysis, which is considered safe. However, it is known that women’s immune systems are suppressed during pregnancy and so treatment may be theoretically less likely to be successful. Of the women we have treated with painful verruca so far we have yet to see any difference in success rates, and all have been treated successfully. It would be ideal if, as will most other treatments during pregnancy, you can wait until after the birth of the child, but if the verruca is painful, treatment can be considered.