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Swift Verruca and Wart Treatment is the pioneering new microwave therapy for the treatment of hand and feet warts including verrucae. With treatment times in seconds, Swift provides patients an effective, precise and easy way of treating verrucae, warts and plantar warts.

With Swift Verruca and Wart Treatment there are a number of benefits:

  • No anaesthetic required – Patients report that discomfort caused by the treatment only lasts 2-3 seconds, and dissipates instantly once the treatment is over – leaving only low levels of post-procedural pain*. Patients can return to normal daily activity as soon as they walk out of the door
  • Only minimal reduction necessary – Only a light debridement is necessary to ensure a clean surface contact with the Swift applicator
  • No dressings usually required – As microwaves do not break the surface of the skin, the requirement for post-procedural padding or dressings is greatly reduced

*According to feedback from an independent clinical study.

Swift Verruca and Wart Treatment

Swift Wart and Verrucae TreatmentSwift Verruca and Wart Treatment is the pioneering new microwave therapy for the treatment of hand and feet warts including verrucae. With treatment times in seconds, Swift provides patients an effective, precise and easy way of treating verrucae, warts and plantar warts.

Verrucae (plural of verruca) are caused by the human papilloma virus and may occur as single or multiple growths affecting the hands and feet. Verrucae are one of the most common viral infections of the skin. They are caught by cross-infection from communal floor areas such as swimming pools and communal showers. Cuts or blisters on the foot will increase the chances of infection because these provide an easier entry point for the virus. Those most at risk are people who suffer from very sweaty feet, as wetter and therefore softer skin can be more easily penetrated by the virus, however, there is no known reason as to why some people are, or become, more susceptible than others. The virus has a lengthy incubation period, which means that it may lay undetected, within the tissues of the skin, for up to a year before appearing on the surface of the skin as a verruca. The virus is extremely contagious, both to the person with the verruca and to others. Verrucae can only be spread by contact with the virus itself and the virus cannot spread through the body via the blood vessels etc.

Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose to a pre-determined depth into a verruca or wart. The pre-determined depth is what sets Swift apart from traditional treatments. As microwaves travel to a pre-determined depth, they don’t break the surface of the skin and destroy tissue from the point of application like current treatments such as Cryotherapy, Salicylic Acid or Laser Ablation.

As soon as the treatment begins, microwaves are working within that defined field and no deeper. Water molecules within the tissue begin colliding and creating localised heat energy – quickly treating all infected tissue within that area. The graphic below highlights the targeted zone within which a treatment takes place.

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This process takes just 5 seconds, for a typical treatment.

Like many treatments for skin lesions, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade.  Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 – 3 seconds then quickly subsiding.

How Does Swift Work

Microwave energy is widely used in a number of medical fields to elevate tissue temperatures and create precise, localised cell destruction.

How Does Swift Work Picture 1

Infected tissue can exist several millimetres below the surface and can often be difficult to treat using traditional methods, resulting in either untreated tissue or significant damage.

How Does Swift Work Picture 2

Swift delivers a precise, highly controlled energy dose. As microwaves travel into the tissue, water molecules begin colliding and creating localised heat energy – quickly destroying all infected tissue within a predetermined depth.

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In just seconds the treatment is complete, leaving the body to absorb and replace the treated tissue.

Swift Research

Research has indicated that there is a 76% efficacy in the treatment of recalcitrant plantar warts.

Recalcitrant being defined as the worst cases the clinical study group could find.

Patients must have had the lesion for at least 1 year (on average 5 years) and have failed multiple treatments in the past to be included in the study.

 


University-of-Southampton Swift Research

Microwave Induced Effects on Human Skin

Microwave Induced Effects on Human Skin was a study funded with an unrestricted educational grant, provided by Emblation, to Assoc. Prof Dr M. Ardern-Jones and Dr Alvin Lee, University of Southampton.

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The Treatment of Plantar Warts Using a Novel Microwave Device

This independent study set out to test tolerability and efficacy in patients with plantar warts

Benefits of Swift Treatment

With Swift Verruca and Wart Treatment there are a number of benefits:

  • No anaesthetic required – Patients report that discomfort caused by the treatment only lasts 2-3 seconds, and dissipates instantly once the treatment is over – leaving only low levels of post-procedural pain*. Patients can return to normal daily activity as soon as they walk out of the door
  • Only minimal reduction necessary – Only a light debridement is necessary to ensure a clean surface contact with the Swift applicator
  • No dressings usually required – As microwaves do not break the surface of the skin, the requirement for post-procedural padding or dressings is greatly reduced

Swift Benefits

*According to feedback from an independent clinical study.

Before and After Swift Verrucae and Wart Treatment

Before and After Swift Verrucae and Wart Treatment

Before Treatment

Before Swift Verrucae and Wart Treatment

  • Pain level of 7/10
  • VP location preventing ankle surgery for arthritis
  • 7 week gap to resolve the condition
  • 3 treatments of 10W for 5 seconds
  • Pain resolved completely within 2-3 weeks

After 4 Weeks

After Swift Verrucae and Wart Treatment 1

  • 4 weeks after 1st treatment

After 6 Weeks

After Swift Verrucae and Wart Treatment 2

  • 2 weeks after 2nd treatment

After 6 Months

After Swift Verrucae and Wart Treatment 3

  • 18 weeks after 3rd treatment
Risks of Swift Treatment

Microwaves have been in clinical use for over 30 years, and are used globally in the effective treatment of cancer.

One of the first published papers on the use of microwaves in medicine was in 1986 – where researchers from Japan described a method of treating liver tumours. Those techniques have advanced significantly since then, and Emblation – the company behind Swift, is a key technology supplier to the largest medical device company in the world operating in this space. The same fundamental technology that powers Swift, is also being used in the treatment of lung, liver, kidney and breast cancer in countries all over the world.

NON-IONISING RADIATION

Microwaves are a form of non-ionising radiation, which means that they can’t cause damage to the DNA of living things. Microwaves sit between radio waves and infrared waves (at any frequency between 300MHz and 300GHz – Swift itself operates at 8GHz) in the electromagnetic spectrum.

TREATMENTS AT LOW POWER

The Swift system delivers very low energy levels when compared with other electromagnetic energy forms. The Swift microwave treatment is only capable of supplying enough energy to agitate water molecules and cause friction, as opposed to damaging DNA, and delivers less energy into the skin than most laser and electrocautery treatments.

MICROWAVES IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Aside from the kitchen appliance, microwaves are used in a number of everyday applications. Standard wifi uses microwaves, mobile phones, bluetooth, and cordless phones all use microwaves to send data over short distances. Furthermore, most satellite communications systems (including GPS navigation systems) are also based on the use of microwaves – we interact with microwaves in more ways than we know, every day.

FAQs on Swift Treatment

Does the Swift Treatment hurt?

Like many treatments for verrucae and warts, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist may decide to reduce the lesion with a blade.

Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift compare it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 – 3 seconds. The pain quickly subsides after treatment.

What can I do after treatment?

In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.

How many sessions of Swift Wart and Verrucae Treatment are necessary?

This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In general most patients require three sessions a month apart.

Your Podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you.

Can anyone have Swift Treatment?

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.

Why Have Swift Treatment with Healthplus Clinics

When you visit Healthplus Clinics Chiropody and Podiatry you will experience a unique and pro-active treatment service with a Chiropodist/Podiatrist interested in your individualised treatment. You will be welcomed to Healthplus Chiropody and Podiatry by the vibrant clinic environment and cheerful staff and receive personal attention and thorough detail from your Chiropodist/Podiatrist.

At Healthplus Chiropody and Podiatry we have a Five Point Promise which separates us from our competitors. Our clinicians will always advise you of the lowest cost option for your individual condition or injury. Our aftercare service means that we will provide help and assistance should this be necessary with sequential and periodic reviews.

Five Point Promise:

1.   Specialist Chiropodist/Podatrist

2.   Clinically comprehensive

3.   Transparent prices

4.   Individualized treatment

5.   Professional aftercare

In addition Healthplus Chiropody and Podiatry offers:

  • Friendly and courteous staff.
  • Convenient appointment times.
  • Prompt service, we will never keep you waiting for a long period of time.
  • Professional but comfortable atmosphere.
  • Large treatment rooms with state of the art equipment.
  • Convenient location.
  • Over a decades of experience, with patients from celebrities, professional & Olympic athletes.
  • Consultant, GP, insurance and rehabilitation company referrals.
  • Direct claim procedure.
  • Lunch time and early morning appointments.
Price of Swift Treatment at Healthplus Clinics

Swift Treatment at Healthplus Clinics is provided in the form of a treatment package.

Our Swift Treatment Package includes:

  • Initial consultation with a podiatrist with a written report on your verrucae or wart.
  • Initial treatment with a podiatrist after your initial consultation
  • Two follow up consultations including  treatment.
  • A review consultation after three sessions of Swift Treatment.

Healthplus charges a fully inclusive price for the aforementioned treatment package for £500.

Healthplus Clinics has a number of payment options available.

Our clinicians will always advise you of the lowest cost option for your individual condition or injury. Our aftercare service means that we will provide help and assistance should this be necessary with sequential and periodic reviews.

 

Important Information on Verrucae and Warts

The physical response to Swift Treatment varies and cannot always be predicted as every individual is different.

There is no guarantee that the treatment will help the condition you are seeking treatment for and there are associated risks as noted previously.

One of the most important factors in recovering and reaching your objectives through Swift Treatment is the regularity of your sessions. We request you make it a priority to follow your treatment plan. Your podiatrist will review your treatment after 3 sessions and if no progress has been made treatment may be stopped and another form of treatment recommended.

A guarantee cannot be given as verrucae are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus.

Swift Verruca and Wart Treatment is not yet available in the UK. Healthplus Clinics are one of the first clinics to provide London Swift Verruca and London Swift Wart Treatment. We expect to provide Swift Treatment from Early September 2016 at all our locations. Please find contact form below to enquire about booking an appointment.

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