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Anal Warts

Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists

Lisa A. Perryman, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Colon and Rectal Surgeon & A Private Medical Practice located in the Denver Metropolitan Area, CO

If you get human papillomavirus (HPV) from unprotected sex, your risk for developing anal warts increases. At Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists in the Denver metropolitan area, Colorado, board-certified proctologist Lisa A. Perryman, MD, FACS, FASCRS, offers in-office diagnostic evaluations to confirm anal warts. Dr. Perryman customizes your treatment plan with nonsurgical therapies, and she can also perform surgery to remove multiple warts. If you need treatment for anal warts, book an appointment online or call Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists.

Anal Warts Q & A

What are anal warts?

Anal warts are abnormal growths that develop due to an infection from the human papillomavirus (HPV), a type of sexually transmitted disease.

The warts can affect the skin in and around the anus and may also develop on your genitals. Anal warts look like small growths that can grow larger over time and ultimately cover the entire anal region.

Because the root cause of anal warts is HPV, your risk for developing the condition increases if you have unprotected sex with an infected person.

When should I seek treatment for anal warts?

Anal warts are typically painless. However, if you notice unexplained bumps developing in or around your anus, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation as soon as possible at Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists.

You should also seek an evaluation if you have symptoms like:

  • Anal itching
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Anal discharge

Dr. Perryman can evaluate the abnormal growths to diagnose and treat warts or determine if the growths are related to another underlying condition. 

She carefully evaluates the skin around your anus and on your genitals during a physical exam and may use a special instrument to examine the area inside your anal canal to identify warts.

How are anal warts treated?

If left untreated, genital warts can grow larger and multiply until they cover a large portion of your anal region. 

Dr. Perryman can determine the best course of treatment for you based on the location and severity of the warts. Initially, she may recommend topical medications to freeze or burn off the warts.

If you have numerous anal warts or the warts are too large to treat with topical medications, Dr. Perryman may recommend surgery. 

During the outpatient procedure, Dr. Perryman uses special surgical techniques to remove external and internal warts, but she may need to perform wart removal surgery in stages until all warts are gone.

You can expect to return to work the following day unless your surgery for multiple warts is complex. Dr. Perryman may also request routine follow-up visits because the HPV virus remains in your body tissues and can cause warts to grow back, even after surgery.

If you have noticeable bumps around your anus, schedule a diagnostic evaluation for anal warts by calling Colorado Colon & Rectal Specialists or requesting an appointment through the online booking feature.