If you have abnormal cells on your cervix, you might need a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to remove them. Lillian Schapiro, MD, Tiffany Morgan, WHNP, Clara Jones, FNP, and Kathryn Garren Inan, WHNP, offer LEEP at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia. If you’re looking for expert women’s health services, including treatments for abnormal cervical cells, call Ideal Gynecology, LLC, or schedule a consultation online today.
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure or LEEP is a quick outpatient procedure that removes abnormal cells from your cervix. For example, if your Pap smear reveals precancerous cells, your Ideal Gynecology, LLC, provider might recommend a LEEP.
Your provider might use the procedure for diagnosis and/or treatment. LEEP provides a larger tissue sample than a Pap smear or biopsy.
During LEEP at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, your provider numbs your cervix and then uses a thin device that has a small metal loop that’s powered by electricity on its tip. The electricity heats the loop, allowing them to remove the outer layer of cells from your cervix.
You don’t need to fast or take any special steps to prepare for LEEP. Ideal Gynecology, LLC, recommends having a meal and taking whatever over-the-counter pills you usually take for menstrual cramps before you come into the office.
When you arrive at Ideal Gynecology, LLC, you will be escorted to a treatment room and gives you a soft gown to wear and a sheet to drape over your lap.
Then you recline on the treatment table, much like you would during a pelvic exam and Pap smear. Your provider inserts a speculum to hold your vagina open during the brief procedure.
Your provider injects a local anesthetic into your cervix and applies a grounding pad to your leg. When you are thoroughly numb, they use the LEEP device to remove a circumferential section of your cervix. They use an iron solution and heat to stop any bleeding.
LEEP can cause cramping, but over-the-counter pain relievers should manage your discomfort. You might also have some abnormal vaginal discharge for up to two weeks. It could look like coffee grounds or a used condom. As time passes, your discharge thins and lightens.
Contact Ideal Gynecology, LLC, immediately if you develop severe cramping, fever, or heavy vaginal bleeding.
You should avoid sexual intercourse, tampons, douching, or any vigorous exercise for at least two weeks after your LEEP. Your next period might seem a little heavier than usual.
Call Ideal Gynecology, LLC, or make an appointment online today if you need LEEP or any other women’s health services.