Anogenital Wart Treatment in Rochester, NY
Condyloma acuminatum, commonly referred to as anogenital warts, are benign tumors caused by the human papillomavirus. These warts can manifest as small and isolated growths, or they can be larger and appear in clusters. They often cause symptoms such as itching, irritation, bleeding, and discomfort, although they may cause no symptoms at all. These warts are specific to the anogenital area and are not known to appear elsewhere on the body. They are unlikely to resolve without intervention. If you are experiencing symptoms of anogenital warts and need a diagnosis, contact Rochester Colon & Rectal Surgeons, P.C. at (585) 222-6566 to arrange a consultation at our colorectal surgery center in Western New York.
Anogenital warts are commonly known as venereal warts, as they are often contracted through sexual contact. However, not all cases are linked to sexual activity, and the conducive warm and moist environment of the anogenital region can facilitate the formation of warts.
The appropriate treatment will be determined in consultation with your healthcare provider. Topical treatments with acid or medicated cream are often sufficient for early-stage (small and few) infections. If these treatments prove ineffective, or if the infection is widespread, surgery may be advised. This procedure, called excision and fulguration of warts, can be performed using electrocautery or laser, and typically does not require an overnight stay. Anesthesia options include local, spinal, or general anesthesia.
Warts can be present in areas that are not visible or palpable, such as just inside the anal opening, in the vagina, and on the cervix. All patients should undergo an internal examination of the rectum, and all women with anal warts, as well as partners of men with anal warts, should have a pelvic examination by a gynecologist. It is recommended to abstain from sexual activity until all warts have been successfully treated.
In cases requiring surgical intervention for anogenital warts, the anesthesia type will be determined prior to the procedure, and you will be discharged on the same day. Post-surgical issues can include discomfort, bleeding, infection, and recurrence. Pain medication will be prescribed, and warm water soaks (sitz baths) should be done at least three times a day and after bowel movements for relief. Expect to notice some blood spotting and drainage from the treated areas, and a dressing or protective pad will be necessary until healing is complete. The healing process can take several weeks, with significant variation in the degree of pain and recovery time.
Anogenital warts can recur, and your doctor will inform you when all warts have been eradicated. There is no guarantee that the warts will not return, and it is advised to have at least one follow-up appointment after all warts have been treated. If you notice or feel warts at any other time, seek medical examination.
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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rochester Colon & Rectal Surgeons, P.C. if you begin to notice signs of anogenital warts. Call (585) 222-6566 to request an appointment with our colorectal surgeons at one of our six colorectal surgery centers in Rochester, NY.