Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

Treatment for Conditions of the Cervix

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a common practice used by gynecologists to remove abnormal cells from a patient’s cervix. Women with these abnormal cells may be at risk for serious conditions such as cervical cancer, making LEEP a very important part of the diagnostic and cancer prevention process.

About the Procedure

Patients undergoing a loop electrosurgical excision procedure are often a bit nervous beforehand. Although the name of this treatment may seem rather intimidating, the entire process is really quite simple and painless.

To begin, the patient will be asked to lie on their back and place the heels of their feet in the stirrups at the end of the examination table, just as they would do at a routine gynecologic appointment. Once positioned, your specialist will insert a speculum to widen the opening of the vagina enough to get a clear visual of the cervix. A colposcope will also be used to help magnify the treatment area. The area is then numbed using a local anesthetic so that the patient does not feel any discomfort during their LEEP.

The device used to extract the cervical cells consists of a thin wire with a loop around the end. Your specialist will treat any abnormal cells by wrapping the loop around them, and then using the electricity that’s passed through the wire to remove these cells.

LEEP Recovery Process

The entire procedure takes approximately 10-20 minutes, after which time patients are allowed to return home and continue with regular activities. Our office will have the removed cervical cells analyzed at our lab facility to determine if further diagnostic testing or treatment is needed.

What to Expect After LEEP

LEEP is a very safe and effective treatment option, though there are several common symptoms that women should be aware of following their procedure, including:

  • Bleeding: Wearing absorbent pads can help to manage small amounts of bleeding after treatment, though if you continue to bleed, or are bleeding excessively, please contact OB/GYN Associates of Lancaster, Inc. right away.
  • Cramping: It is also common for the muscles in the pelvic to contract after LEEP, leading to mild cramping.
  • Discharge: Women are likely to experience a watery discharge that is pink in color.

Along with excessive bleeding, patients should contact our office immediately if they experience clotting, fever, or severe pain.

LEEP Preparation

Before the procedure begins, make sure that you address any questions or concerns with your specialist. It is important to fully understand the reasoning why a LEEP is being performed, and what sort of follow-up care will be needed once it is complete. Patients should also inform their physician of any medications they are currently taking that may impact their treatment, such as blood thinners. No other significant preparation such as fasting is required prior to LEEP.

If you believe LEEP may be for you, or have other questions or concerns, contact OB/GYN Associates of Lancaster, Inc. today at (740) 653-5088 to schedule your appointment.

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Do you ever feel at times due to life being so busy you put your health on hold? Now is the time to take care of you! For many of our patients we have postponed your annual exam by moving it out a few months in response to COVID-19, but we still want to make sure we have the opportunity to take care of you from afar. If you are our patient and have not had the opportunity for us to review your cancer family history with you, or maybe you have just put this on hold, here is the opportunity for you to fill out your information in a few quick steps online to see if testing is right for you! This questionnaire on your medical history will be posted to our website as well to access and to complete. So take control of your health today! We will be happy to direct you to right resources and follow up with you for any questions you may have.

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