LEEP Conization of Cervix

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What is LEEP Conization of the Cervix

LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. An electrified wire loop is used to remove a cone shaped sample of tissue from the mucus membrane of the cervix. LEEP is used to biopsy suspicious tissue found during a colposcopy and to remove precancerous tissue higher in the cervix. LEEP is performed after abnormal Pap test results have been confirmed by colposcopy and cervical biopsy. LEEP is an effective treatment to treat cell changes on the cervix.

What to Expect During LEEP Procedure

LEEP can be performed at the doctor’s office, or a hospital. It is an outpatient procedure that does not require an overnight stay. Your doctor will numb your cervix with a local anesthetic before the procedure and you may be given an oral or IV pain medicine to help with comfort during the procedure.

What to Expect After LEEP Procedure

After the procedure, your recovery will be approximately 1-3 days depending on how much area was biopsied. You may experience the following symptoms after the LEEP procedure:

  • Mild cramping may occur for several hours after the procedure.
  • Dark brown vaginal discharge is normal during the first week.
  • Vaginal discharge or spotting is normal for about 3 weeks.
  • Pads should be used in place of tampons for at least 3 weeks.
  • Abstain from sexual intercourse for 3 weeks.
  • Do not douche.