HOW DOES SWIFT MICROWAVE THERAPY WORK?

Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK which has been licensed for the treatment of wart in podiatry and dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe, applied directly to the skin to treat the affected tissue. Microwaves have been in clinical use for over thirty years, and are used globally in the effective treatment of cancer. Now, for the first time, this technology has been applied for use on skin lesions such as wart

  1. Infected tissue can exist several millimetres below the surface, and can often be difficult to treat using traditional methods, resulting in either untreated tissue or significant damage.
  2. Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy, which quickly destroys all infected tissue within a predetermined depth.
  3. In just seconds the treatment is complete, and the healing cascade begins immediately. Treated tissue is quickly replaced, repaired and regenerated

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SWIFT TREATMENT?

Your podiatrist will make a full assessment and discuss whether Swift treatment can help you and advise whether you are eligible. If you have tried various wart treatments to no effect, then the Swift microwave Therapy might be for you.

However, please advise the podiatrist if you have any of the following conditions:

  • If you have a pacemaker or other implanted electronic device.
  • If you have metallic implants, metal pins or plates in or near to the area requiring treatment.
  • If you are pregnant or think that there is a possibility that you may be pregnant or are currently breastfeeding. Results are considerably reduced just after giving birth and whilst breastfeeding, this is due to the presence of a certain pregnancy hormone.
  • If you are currently taking blood thinning medications.
  • If you have limited or poor healing capability, due to poor peripheral circulation, ischeamia or neuropathy.
  • If you have cancer or have recently recovered from cancer and received previous or take continuous medication.
  • If you have any raised KELOID scars.
  • If you suffer from any auto-immune disease or condition.
  • If you have Type I diabetes or uncontrolled Type II diabetes.
  • If you suffer from uncontrolled Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • If treatment is for a child under the age of eleven.
  • If you have a very low pain threshold and/or prone to feeling dizzy, light-headed or fainting.

DOES THE SWIFT TREATMENT HURT?

Like many treatments for wart, some discomfort may be experienced at the time of the treatment. Pain levels vary from person to person, but most people undergoing Swift compare it to a pain similar to an injection with some added heat, others find it more painful. The treatment itself takes seconds, and the pain quickly subsides after treatment. In rare cases some minor discomfort may be experienced for 24 hours before dissipating completely.

WHAT WILL THE WART LOOK LIKE AFTER IT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH SWIFT AND HOW QUICKLY WILL IT WORK?

Immediately after the treatment there will be no change to the appearance of the wart, a change should start to show after a few days.Swift works by prompting an immune response and time is needed for the process to gather pace.That is why there is a gap of four weeks between treatments. As regression is established the wart will shrink in from the edges at the same time as reducing in thickness - or 'debulking'. The dermal ridges or 'fingerprint' of the underlying tissue will gradually re-establish itself as the wart resolves.

Normally any pain or discomfort ends as soon as the treatment is finished but it is possible there may be some minor discomfort.However one of the great things about Swift is there is no broken skin, also no dressings and no need to keep it dry.Therefore you can do anything you wish. Swim, shower, run, jump and play.

HOW MANY SWIFT TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This will depend on how you respond to the treatment. It is more than likely that 3-4 treatments will be needed, this could be more if the wart are very large, widespread or if there are multiple lesions. Some patients with multiple lesions decide to target a particular area at a time, as they find that this makes the treatment a lot more manageable.

Patients who are immune-suppressed are at risk of developing multiple, resistant lesions, which can be difficult to treat, so these patients may require more treatments. Any concerns that your podiatrist has will be explained prior to commencing with any treatment. It is important to bear in mind that no wart treatment can be guaranteed 100% successful and Swift is no exception to this.

HOW MUCH DOES THE SWIFT TREATMENT COST?

A course of three treatments with Swift will cost £375 (£125 per treatment), subsequent treatments (if required) will cost £100 per treatment. A new disposable applicator is used at every treatment, this is to prevent the risk of any cross infection between patients. The microwaves remain active for fifteen minutes, once the generator is switched off, the microwaves are lost, and so a new applicator will be required at each treatment.

HOW DOES THE CRYOPEN TREATMENT WORK?

  1. The CryoPen emits a fine jet of freezing vapour under high pressure, which allows the podiatrist to work with millimetre precision. This destroys the tissue by freezing the inter-cellular fluid, forming ice shards and crystals which rupture the membrane, thereby destroying the cell. This means there will be no collateral damage to healthy tissue, due to it being so incredibly accurate and practical.
  2. The applicator is held as close as possible to the wart and moved quickly towards and away from it, this could be from 15 - 60 seconds, depending on the size and depth of the area being treated.
  3. In just seconds the treatment is complete, and the healing cascade begins immediately. Treated tissue is quickly replaced, repaired and regenerated.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE CRYOPEN TREATMENT?

Your podiatrist will make a full assessment and discuss whether The CryoPen can help your particular condition and advise whether you are eligible. If you have tried various wart treatments to no effect, then the CryoPen might be for you.

However, please advise the podiatrist if you have any of the following conditions:

  • If you have any keloid scars anywhere on the body. This is a raised, tough, heaped up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin, it usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple colour, keloids tend to enlarge progressively, unlike a typical flat scar, keloids do not regress over time. Keloids are more common in people with dark skin, such as people from Africa and African-Caribbean and South Indian communities.
  • If you suffer from Raynaud's Phenomenon which usually effects the blood supply to certain parts of the body, usually the fingertips, nose and toes.
  • If you are pregnant or think that there is a possibility that you may be pregnant or are currently breastfeeding. Results are considerably reduced just after giving birth and whilst breastfeeding, this is due to the presence of a certain pregnancy hormone.
  • If you are currently taking blood thinning medication, to include Warfarin, Aspirin or any other anticoagulant medication or NSAIDS ( Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • If you have limited or poor healing capability, due to poor peripheral circulation, ischeamia or neuropathy.
  • If you have cancer or have recently recovered from cancer and received previous or take continuous medication.
  • If you suffer from any auto-immune disease or condition - to include the following conditions - Hepatitis, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or any other syndrome, condition or virus of a similar kind.
  • If you have Type I insulin dependant diabetes or uncontrolled Type II diabetes.
  • If you suffer from uncontrolled Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • If treatment is for a child under the age of eight.
  • If you are currently taking, or have taken within the last 6 months any hospital only medications for acne, such as Roaccutane or any oral steroid medications.

DOES TREATMENT WITH CRYOPEN HURT?

Like many treatments for wart, some discomfort may be experienced at the time of the treatment. Pain levels vary from person to person, but most people undergoing treatment with the CryoPen compare it to a pain similar to a stinging nettle on the skin when the nitrous oxide reaches the bottom of the area. The treatment itself takes seconds, and the pain quickly subsides after treatment. In some cases, some minor discomfort or itchiness may be experienced for a few hours before dissipating completely. It is important NOT to itch or scratch the treated area, as this could lead to infection or scarring to the treated area.

WHAT WILL THE WART LOOK LIKE AFTER IT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH THE CRYOPEN AND HOW QUICKLY WILL IT WORK?

Following the treatment, the area may become a little red, swollen and sore, a blister may develop. There may be some weeping from the wound, slowly a scab will start to develop, it is important not to pick at the wound as this may lead to scarring. aa the wound heals, the wart will disappear. A follow up appointment will be made and further treatment carried out if necessary.

If you have any concerns that the wound may look infected (increasing redness, pain, yellow discharge or pus) then we would ask you to book an appointment with us for a review at the earliest opportunity.

HOW MANY CRYOPEN TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This will depend on the size, depth and length of time the wart has been present and how you respond to the treatment. It is more than likely that more than one treatment will be needed, this could be more if the wart are very large, widespread or if there are multiple lesions. Some patients with multiple lesions decide to target a particular area at a time, as they find that this makes the treatment a lot more manageable.

Patients who are immune-suppressed are at risk of developing multiple, resistant lesions, which can be difficult to treat, so these patients may require more treatments. Any concerns that your podiatrist has will be explained prior to commencing with any treatment. It is important to bear in mind that no wart treatment can be guaranteed 100% successful and the Cryopen is no exception to this.

HOW MUCH DOES THE CRYOPEN TREATMENT COST?

The cost of treatment will depend on the age of the patient, the size and depth of the wart and the number of lesions. Treatment usually starts from £65 upwards, we will only ever treat up to five wart at any one time, ideally, to the one hand or foot at a time. Subsequent treatments may be required.

We accept payments by instalments (pay at the end of each treatment) and we accept cash, debit or credit cards, BACS and Apple Pay.

HOW DOES CRYOTHERAPY USING CRYOTHERAPY WORK?

Cryotherapy is a form of treatment that uses extreme cold (-196 degrees), to treat localised skin conditions such as wart. Cryotherapy involves freezing the affected area with liquid nitrogen. Initially a blister will form, which will eventually develop into a scab, which later fall off, along with the dead cells.

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR CRYOTHERAPYTREATMENT?

Your podiatrist will make a full assessment and discuss whether cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen can help your particular condition and advise whether you are eligible. If you have tried various wart treatments to no effect, then cryotherapy might be for you.

However, please advise the podiatrist if you have any of the following conditions:

  • If you have any keloid scars anywhere on the body. This is a raised, tough, heaped up scar that rises quite abruptly above the rest of the skin, it usually has a smooth top and a pink or purple colour, keloids tend to enlarge progressively, unlike a typical flat scar, keloids do not regress over time. Keloids are more common in people with dark skin, such as people from Africa and African-Caribbean and South Indian communities.
  • If you suffer from Raynaud’s Phenomenon which usually effects the blood supply to certain parts of the body, usually the fingertips, nose and toes.
  • If you are pregnant or think that there is a possibility that you may be pregnant or are currently breastfeeding. Results are considerably reduced just after giving birth and whilst breastfeeding, this is due to the presence of a certain pregnancy hormone.
  • If you are currently taking blood thinning medication.
  • If you have limited or poor healing capability, due to poor peripheral circulation, ischeamia or neuropathy.
  • If you have cancer or have recently recovered from cancer and received previous or take continuous medication.
  • If you suffer from any auto-immune disease or condition - to include the following conditions - Hepatitis, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or any other syndrome, condition or virus of a similar kind.
  • If you have Type I diabetes or uncontrolled Type II diabetes.
  • If you suffer from uncontrolled Hypertension (High blood pressure)
  • If treatment is for a child under the age of eight.
  • If you are currently taking, or have taken within the last 6 months any hospital-only medications for acne, such as or any oral steroid medications.

DOES TREATMENT WITH CRYOTHERAPY HURT?

Although some localised pain is often felt, cryotherapy does not require a local anaesthetic and the procedure itself lasts a matter of seconds, the precise time will depend on the thickness of the wart. Blistering is common when treating the fingers, lower leg and feet.

WHAT WILL THE WART LOOK LIKE AFTER IT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH CRYOTHERAPY AND HOW QUICKLY WILL IT WORK?

Following the treatment, the area will most likely become a little red, swollen and sore, a blister may develop. There may be some weeping from the wound, slowly a scab will start to develop, it is important not to pick at the wound as this may lead to scarring. aa the wound heals, the wart will disappear. A follow up appointment will be made and further treatment carried out if necessary.

If you have any concerns that the wound may look infected (increasing redness, pain, yellow discharge or pus) then we would ask you to book an appointment with us for a review at the earliest opportunity.

HOW MANY CRYOTHERAPY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

This will depend on the size, depth and length of time the wart has been present and how you respond to the treatment. It is more than likely that more than one treatment will be needed, this could be more if the wart are very large, widespread or if there are multiple lesions. Some patients with multiple lesions decide to target a particular area at a time, as they find that this makes the treatment a lot more manageable.

Patients who are immune-suppressed are at risk of developing multiple, resistant lesions, which can be difficult to treat, so these patients may require more treatments. Any concerns that your podiatrist has will be explained prior to commencing with any treatment. It is important to bear in mind that no wart treatment can be guaranteed 100% successful and cryotherapy using liquid nitrogen is no exception to this.

HOW MUCH DOES CRYOTHERAPY USING CRYOTHERAPY COST?

The cost of treatment will depend on the age of the patient, the size and depth of the wart and the number of lesions. Treatment usually starts from £65 upwards, we will only ever treat up to five wart at any one time, ideally, to the one hand or foot at a time. Subsequent treatments may be required.

We accept payments by instalments (pay at the end of each treatment) and we accept cash, debit or credit cards, BACS and Apple Pay.


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