Anal Wart Surgery
(Surgery, Anal Wart; Condyloma Acuminata Surgery; Surgery, Condyloma Acuminata)
Pronounced: A-nahl wart SUHR-jah-ree
Anal warts are found around and inside the anus. They are caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Anal wart surgery is a procedure to remove or destroy anal warts.
Reasons for Procedure
The surgery is done to remove or destroy anal warts if other treatments, like applying medicines, are unsuccessful or not advised. Surgery may also be ideal if there are many warts or if the warts are large. If warts are not removed, they can become bigger and multiply. Warts may also lead to an increased risk of cancer in the affected area.
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have anal wart surgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before surgery.
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Your doctor may recommend that you clean out your bowels before surgery. To do this:
Anesthesia will block any pain. Depending on the location and number of warts, you may either have:
Description of the Procedure
There are different types of surgeries used to remove or destroy anal warts. The type of surgery you will have will depend on different factors, like the number and size of warts. Below is a list of possible procedures:
How Long Will It Take?
This depends on the type of procedure that will be used. It may take several minutes for most procedures.
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, you may feel some pain in and around the anus. Your doctor will give you pain medicine to make you more comfortable.
Average Hospital Stay
This procedure is commonly done in an outpatient setting, so you will not need to stay in the hospital. You will be able to go home the day of the surgery.
At the Care Center
Following the procedure, the staff may provide you with pain medicine to make you more comfortable.
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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Last reviewed March 2013 by Daus Mahnke, MD