WHAT ARE ANAL WARTS?

Anal warts, also called ‘Condyloma Accuminata,’ is a condition that forms on the outside and inside of the anus. They may also occur in the genital area. They affect both males and females.

They start as small growths, the size of a pin, then increase in size to ‘pea’ size. Usually they do not cause pain, and thus may go unnoticed for a long time. People may feel a lump or have pain and itching.

WHAT CAUSES ANAL WARTS?

Anal warts are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It is transmitted from skin to skin and thought to be a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

You do not need to have anal intercourse to get anal warts!

DO ANAL WARTS ALWAYS NEED TO BE REMOVED?

Yes. If not, they will grow larger and multiply. There is also an increased risk of cancer in the affected area.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?

For small outside warts, a topical medication is available. If larger or on the inside, excising the warts leads to immediate results. This is done with a local anesthetic or with the assistance of an anesthesiologist.

MUST I BE HOSPITALIZED?

No, this is done as an outpatient.

HOW LONG WILL I BE OFF OF WORK?

It varies. The pain is controlled with pain pills. Most people are off of work from 1 day to 1 week.

WILL THE WARTS RECUR?

The virus that causes warts can live undetected in the skin for several months. Follow up with your colon and rectal surgeon regularly, small recurrences can be treated in the office.

HOW CAN I AVOID GETTING WARTS?

Anal warts can recur because of the dormant virus or recurrent infection. Abstain from sexual contact with someone with warts. Because the virus can be undetected, safe sex practices, use of a condom, and one sexual partner can decrease your chances of getting infected with the virus.

It may take up to 2 years for the virus to be cleared from your body after treatment.