The surgical removal of a wart is an Ambulatory Surgery procedure, that is, a procedure that is performed under local anesthesia, without the need for hospitalization of the patient.
The surgical removal of a wart should be preceded by a surgical or dermatologic examination to assess the surgical indication for removal and its feasibility on an outpatient basis. Sometimes, targeted ultrasound is necessary to better assess the most appropriate mode of surgical excision. Specific preoperative examinations are not normally required for ambulatory surgery.
For surgeries such as the surgical removal of a wart, an anesthesiologist is not expected to be present. However, the surgeon is supported by an instrumentation nurse specialist on an outpatient basis during procedures.
If deemed necessary by the surgeon performing the excision, the excised specimen is then sent to a specialized laboratory for histological examination to ascertain its nature and determine the continuation of treatment.
The surgeon performing the surgery will decide whether to suture the wounds with resorbable stitches, which therefore do not need to be removed, or nonresorbable, which require their removal after 8 to 15 days depending on the surgical site. The removal of stitches may be performed in the surgical outpatient clinic or by the general practitioner.