WHAT IS SWIFT®?
Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of skin lesions in Podiatry and Dermatology. Swift uses microwave energy which is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected tissue.
DOES IT HURT?
Like many treatments for skin lesions, some discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your Podiatrist or Dermatologist may decide to debride the lesion. 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. Only in rare cases is there any prologed pain.
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER TREATMENT?
In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not usually prevent you undertaking normal daily activities.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may require a course of treatment (treatment regime is determined by your clinician and your Podiatrist will be able to discuss this with you).
CAN ANYONE RECEIVE THIS TREATMENT?
With a few exceptions, most people with skin lesions would be able to have this treatment. Swift is not recommended for use on diabetic patients, patients with implanted electronic devices or electrodes or for use close to metallic objects (i.e. metal foot implants, jewellery etc)
All information read here is based on Patient Information Sheets created by trained, registered Clinicians who are experienced with the product and treatment protocol - Before undergoing treatment ensure your Podiatrist or Dermatologist is registered and has given you the full range of options available.
HCPC Registered Podiatrists
You may notice that your Podiatrist is registered with the HCPC. This means that your clinician is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, and meets the national standard for training, professional skills, behavious and health. We would always recommend that you seek out an HCPC registered clinician, and all of the clinics you will find using Swift will have at least one HCPC registered clinician working there.
Other Treatment Options Available
There are a number of other treatment options available for warts and verruca. Once you've found your nearest Swift clinic by using the locator on our site, your Chiropodist or Podiatrist will carry out an assessment and give you an overview of all the treatment options they offer for verruca, the benefits and drawbacks of each, and will provide a recommendation based on your individual circumstances.
Podiatrist Chris Webb (Portsmouth) explains what patients can expect from a typical Swift treatment.