What is the SWIFT Microwave Therapy?
SWIFT microwave therapy is currently the latest treatment available for warts/verrucae/papillomas which involves the use of microwaves.
It is a cleaner, faster and more predictable treatment for verruca lesions/warts.
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How does SWIFT work?
A focused microwave signal is emitted into the skin to a certain depth to ensure only the wart tissue is treated.
This microwave signal heats up the skin cells infected by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to 42-45 degrees celsius.
A process called “Heat Shock” then occurs within the 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.
Frequently asked questions
Is the treatment painful?
The rapid heating of the wart to 42-45 degrees Celsius 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.
How safe are microwaves?
Microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation, which means that they cannot 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.
How many treatments will I need?
This is patient dependent – it all depends on how each patient responds to the treatment.
Most patients require 3 treatments or less.
Your podiatrist will be able to discuss your treatment plan.
The standard protocol is 3 treatments, each spaced 4x weeks apart with a 12-week follow up.
How effective is the SWIFT treatment?
* Based on data collected and analysed from post market surveillance July 2017 of trained SWIFT users
Before and After
Do I need a referral for this treatment?
No you do not require a referral to see us at Rightstep Podiatry.
If you think that you would like to trial the SWIFT Microwave Therapy for your warts, please do not hesitate to book an appointment to see us.