Another method of treatment for HPV is laser surgery, the laser surgery is performed at the hospital on an outpatient basis. This procedure " evaporates" wart tissue via carbon dioxide laser. During laser surgery, the beam is directed by the surgeon while he views the area to be treated through a colposcope. Energy from the laser beam causes diseased cells to be eradicated, limiting the depth of the tissue destruction, with little or no damage done to surrounding healthy tissue. Laser surgery usually takes about 4-8 minutes, depending on the area involved.
Although patients having cervical and vaginal laser surgery do not generally require an anesthetic, xylocaine- a local anesthetic similar to novocaine used in the dentist's office- is used for treating vulvar, penile, rectal, and other skin areas. Premedication for laser patients includes: Motrin, for pain / cramping, and sometimes Xanax, to help promote relaxation during the procedure. Because these medications may cause drowsiness, driving is not recommended and patients are required to have someone assist them home. Our nurses will review post-laser instructions with you following your laser surgery.
Despite the fact that laser surgery is more involved than other treatment modalities, what it offers to the patient with selected types of gynecologic disease is: microsurgical precision, rapid healing without scarring, fast treatment with minimal discomfort and without hospitalization- and most important- effective elimination of disease.