SWIFT is the latest microwave technology being used to treat warts, verrucae, and papillomas. The microwave signal is set to a specified depth to guarantee the treatment of the wart alone. During therapy, a process called Heat Shock occurs. Heat Shock is a phenomenon wherein the wart emits proteins into the circulatory system, alerting the immune system to register the source of HP Virus infection and begin combatting it.
Will I feel anything?
The wart is rapidly heated to 42-45ºC during treatment, which may produce mild discomfort for 1-2 seconds. This temperature range is safe for the human body and is a few degrees warmer than a hot bath. It will not cause any major tissue damage or scars.
Microwaves are a type if non-ionising radiation. This means that they cannot inflict damage to the DNA of living things. SWIFT operates at extremely low energy levels that can only cause water molecules in skin cells to vibrate.
*Based on data collected and analysed from post market surveillance July 2017 of trained SWIFT users.
How many treatments will I need?
This is highly dependent on how you respond to treatment. On average, most patients require three monthly treatments. In some circumstances, your warts will resolve in less time, however, in more severe cases, a fourth treatment might be necessary. Our podiatrists here in The Foot and Ankle Clinic will be able to go over and discuss your treatment plan with you.
Can anyone receive this treatment?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions can receive treatment. Your Podiatrist will carry out an assessment prior to treatment to advise you on your suitability.
- Highly effective
- Rapid treatment time
- No dressings required
- No anaesthetic
- No smoke
- No self-care required
- No pain post-treatment
- Few treatments needed