Genital lesions or genital warts can be caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) or Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). HSV warts are not surgically removed as these sores will typically subside on their own. Genital warts caused by HPV can become cancerous, so it is important to remove and biopsy them when they appear. These warts may be visible on the anus, penis, vagina and vulva. HPV warts may appear on the cervix as well. In these instances, the warts are surgically removed through laser therapy or electrosurgical excision.
It is important to note that treating genital warts does not cure the body of the infection. The virus will remain in the body even without the visible presence of warts or outbreaks. Condoms can help to reduce the risk of spreading HPV and HSV infections.
What to Expect:
The biopsy of genital warts is a simple outpatient procedure. The area to be treated will be numbed using a local anesthetic. A scalpel is used to cut and remove the warts from the affected area. Stitches will be used to close the incisions where applicable.
It may take 2-4 weeks for the incisions to heal fully, and there may be scarring in the treated area. It is important to avoid sexual intercourse until the treated area completely heals and no soreness remains.