Radiolase surgery is widely used in Podiatry for the painless surgical removal of skin conditions such as corns and verruca. Radiolase surgery uses very high frequency radio waves transmitted between a small electrode and a plastic coated antenna plate. This induces heat within the cells in contact with the electrode. Moisture within the cells vaporises causing cell destruction and tissue division. A small probe is held against the corn or verruca. The energy from the radiowaves causes evaporation of the cell contents, which then form a hard plaque and is removed with a scalpel.
Radiolase is a completely painless procedure; to ensure this an injection of local anaesthetic is given before the treatment begins.