WHAT ARE WARTS?
Warts are a common infection in the outer layers of the skin which are caused by HPV (Human Papillomavirus).
They can spread to other areas of our body and from person to person. Warts are generally very difficult to get rid of, as they are excellent at evading the body’s immune system.
WHAT IS SWIFT THERAPY?
SWIFT is medical microwave technology that is highly effective at resolving warts, verrucae or papillomas.
A focused microwave signal is emitted into the skin to a predetermined depth to ensure only the wart is treated.
A process called Heat Shock occurs within infected skin cells. This causes the wart to release certain proteins into the circulatory system, allowing the immune system to recognise the infection and begin to fight the virus
HOW SAFE ARE MICROWAVES?
Microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation, which means that they can not cause damage to the DNA of living things. SWIFT uses very low energy levels that are only able to vibrate water molecules within skin cells.
* Based on data collected and analysed from post market surveillance July 2017 of trained SWIFT users
WILL I FEEL ANYTHING?
The rapid heating of the wart to 42-45ºC can cause discomfort, however this lasts for only a second. This temperature range is merely a few degrees warmer than a hot bath, and will not cause any serious tissue damage or scarring
What if I need pain relief during the Swift Treatment
Patients have various levels of tolerance to discomfort. Most patients do not need pain relief when receiving the Swift treatment.
Dr Hermann will discuss with each patient the level of discomfort the Swift treatment may cause before it is used.
If pain relief is required Dr Hermann can administer the most appropriate local anaesthetic or prescribe a tablet to be taken before the Swift treatment is administered. In some cases, Dr Hermann will recommend use of Penthrox also known as the “Green Whistle”. This form of analgesia is used by Life Savers and Ambulance officers. Penthrox can be an excellent form of self-administered analgesia for use with the Swift treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. Most patients require 3 treatments or less. Your Podiatrist will be able to discuss your treatment plan
CAN ANYONE RECEIVE THIS TREATMENT
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Your Podiatrist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment and be able to advise you on this
BENEFITS OF SWIFT
- Rapid treatment time
- No dressings required
- No need to self-care
- Pain relief post-treatment
- Few treatments needed
- Highly effective
10 year old plantar warts resolved within 11 weeks.
After 3 SWIFT treatments, the lesion had completely cleared within 12 weeks.
After years of failed treatments, this patient was pain-free and verruca-free with SWIFT therapy.