HPV Management

J. David Edwards, MD -  - OB-GYN

J. David Edwards, MD

OB-GYN located in Santa Monica, CA

HPV Management Specialist
Dr. J. David Edwards provides a wide variety of gynecology services, including HPV management, to women in and around Santa Monica, CA. Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles Medical School, Dr. Edwards has advanced training and expertise in the diagnosis and management of HPV and other gynecological conditions.

HPV Management Q & A

by J. David Edwards, MD

What is HPV?

The acronym HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus. This virus is the cause of most cases of cervical cancer, which causes changes in cells that could lead to tumors in the lining of the cervix.

HPV is a common virus – there are about 100 types of HPV viruses, which affect various parts of the body. About 30 types of HPV viruses can affect male and female genitals; scientists consider 13 of these HPV viruses to present a high risk for cervical cancer. Some types of HPV cause genital warts, which are rough, hard lumps that develop on genital skin.

How common is HPV?

HPV infection is relatively common, affecting about 20 million people. According to Cleveland Clinic, 80 percent of sexually active people become infected with the virus but most do not realize it.

What HPV management services does Dr. J. David Edwards provide?

There is no cure for HPV but Dr. Edwards does provide HPV management services.

In 70 to 90 percent of all cases, the immune system clears the HPV virus from the body. In these cases, HPV management physicians like Dr. J. David Edwards monitors these patients for any cell changes that could indicate the development of cancer.

When a patient needs treatment for HPV, Dr. Edwards develops a personalized management plan to relieve the patient’s symptoms by removing visible warts and abnormal cells in the cervix. Dr. Edwards uses a variety of tools to help him accomplish those goals, including:

  • Cryosurgery — freezing off the warts with liquid nitrogen
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) in which he uses a special wire loop to remove abnormal cells
  • Electrocautery, using an electrical current to burn off warts
  • Laser therapy, which utilizes intense light to destroy warts and abnormal cells
  • Prescription cream, involving the application of medicated cream directly to the warts 
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