About Verruca Needling
Falknor`s needling procedure is an innovative and effective treatment for verruca, which are benign types of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) group. It is a form of soft tissue therapy which is intended to break down the verruca and create a controlled inflammatory response which, in turn, stimulates the body’s immune
system to recognise the virus and destroy it. The treatment has been around for over 45 years (being first described in a medical journal in America in 1969) and is used routinely with great success by practitioners internationally. It has been reported to be highly effective, even for longstanding verruca. Needling is
different to other treatment options such as cryotherapy or salicylic acid as it requires only one or occasionally two sessions. This makes it an ideal treatment option for busy people. The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic. Most people report only minor soreness for 2 to 3 days post treatment.
How does this method of treatment work?
By puncturing the verruca with an empty sterile needle many times, the viral particles are directly exposed to the fatty tissue beneath the skin where the body is rich in immune regulators. Here, the immune system can recognise and destroy the virus. As this immune response is often systemic, treatment of only one verruca is required even where there are many lesions as spontaneous remission can occur in all, or most, verruca at the same time.
What will happen during the treatment?
There are three stages to the procedure:
1. You will be given an injection of local anaesthetic which will make your verruca and
surrounding area numb.
2. Once the verruca is numb, the podiatrist will carefully needle the verrucae to implant the
virus into the dermal layer of the skin so that the body’s immune system can come into
contact with the virus.
3. A dressing will be applied to the verruca once the procedure is completed. you are advised not to drive when the foot or part of the foot has been anaesthetised. Our advice is to get a Taxi or a lift home and avoid walking.
Will it be painful afterwards?
Some patients can experience soreness once the anaesthetic wares off. This soreness can best be described as a bruised feeling that can last for 1 to 2 days after the procedure. Painkillers such as Paracetamol are normally sufficient to reduce any discomfort. Use of Ibuprofen or any other anti-inflammatory medication is not advisable.
Dressings and follow up
Routine post-operative check-ups are put in place for patients by the clinic. Most patients
are seen 1 week after the procedure and then 12 weeks after the procedure. Following the procedure, the wound will have to be redressed by the patient daily for upto 10 days. Details of dressings to use will be provided to patients.
Risks and complications
Although very rare, the following risks have been noted:
• Delayed healing
• Adverse reaction to Local anaesthesia
• Scar tissue
Feet by Pody is pleased to offer this treatment for patients following an initial assessment appointment. This consultation is used to assess whether this treatment is suitable for you.
The cost of verruca needling is £260, up to 1-hour session (for the procedure) and will include two follow up appointments to review your condition (7 days after the procedure and then 3 months later). The number of verruca treated per session will vary depending on the location and size of each lesion. All fees must be paid at the time of procedure. Further appointments are charged at our normal rate (£50.00).
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