If you have an abnormal cervical cancer screening result, your healthcare professional may suggest that you have a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) as part of the evaluation or for treatment (see the FAQ085 Cervical Cancer Screening). LEEP is one way to remove abnormal cells from the cervix by using a thin wire loop that acts like a scalpel (surgical knife). An electric current is passed through the loop, which cuts away a thin layer of the cervix.
A LEEP should be done when you are not having your menstrual period to give a better view of the cervix. In most cases, LEEP is done in a health care professional's office. The procedure only takes a few minutes.
During the procedure you will lie on your back and place your legs in stirrups. The healthcare professional then will insert a speculum into your vagina in the same way as for a pelvic exam. Local anesthesia will be used to prevent pain. It is given through a needle attached to a syringe. You may feel a slight sting, then a dull ache or cramp. The loop is inserted into the vagina to the cervix. There are different sizes and shapes of loops that can be used. You may feel faint during the procedure. If you feel faint, tell your healthcare professional immediately.
After the procedure, a special paste may be applied to your cervix to stop any bleeding. Electrocautery also may be used to control bleeding. The tissue that is removed will be studied in a lab to confirm the diagnosis.
This information was provided by the Amercian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Click HERE for more information on LEEP procedures.
Sandpoint Women's Health performs LEEP procedures. Call 208-263-2173 to make an appointment with one of our highly skilled providers or click the button below to request an appointment.