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Anal Wart Surgery

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by Mahnke D

(Surgery, Anal Wart; Condyloma Acuminata Surgery; Surgery, Condyloma Acuminata )



Anal warts are found around and inside the anus. They are caused by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Anal wart surgery is a procedure to remove or destroy anal warts.
The Anus
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What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Your doctor may recommend that you clean out your bowels before surgery. To do this:
  • Eat a light lunch and a clear, liquid dinner the day before surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink after midnight before your surgery.
  • Take any medicines your doctor suggests at the appropriate time.
  • Arrange for a ride home from the hospital.
  • Make plans ahead of time for activities after surgery. For instance:
    • Do all household chores before surgery or have someone do them for you after surgery.
    • Arrange with your job to take about one week off from work.


Anesthesia will block any pain. Depending on the location and number of warts, you may either have:

Description of the Procedure

There are different types of surgeries used to remove or destroy anal warts. The type of surgery you will have will depend on different factors, like the number and size of warts. Below is a list of possible procedures:
  • Cryotherapy —The wart is destroyed by freezing it with liquid nitrogen.
  • Scissor or shave excision —The wart is either cut or shaved off.
  • Laser or electrosurgery—A tool uses either a laser or electricity to destroy the warts.

How Long Will It Take?

This depends on the type of procedure that will be used. It may take several minutes for most procedures.

How Much Will It Hurt?

Anesthesia will block any pain during the procedure. After the procedure, you may feel some pain in and around the anus. Your doctor will give you pain medicine to make you more comfortable.

Average Hospital Stay

This procedure is commonly done in an outpatient setting, so you will not need to stay in the hospital. You will be able to go home the day of the surgery.

Post-procedure Care

At the Care Center
Following the procedure, the staff may provide you with pain medicine to make you more comfortable.
At Home
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
  • Rest, but feel free to move around as long as you feel comfortable.
  • Do not do any heavy lifting.
  • Do not stand or sit for more than one hour.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
  • Do not drive if you are taking pain medicines.
  • Eat foods that are high in fiber and drink plenty of fluids. This will prevent straining and constipation .
  • Ask your doctor when you are able to have sex again.
Rectal Care
  • Take a sitz bath 3-4 times a day and after each bowel movement. You can also sit in a tub of warm water for 10-20 minutes.
  • Be gentle when wiping the anal area.
  • Clean the anal area after each bowel movement by spraying warm water or using baby wipes.
  • There will be reddish-yellow drainage from your rectum for 7-14 days. Wear pads that your doctor gives you to absorb the drainage.
  • Even if having a bowel movement is painful, do not avoid going to the bathroom. Your doctor may give you a stool softener to make bowel movements easier.


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