Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
What can I expect during a LEEP Procedure?
The LEEP Procedure involves using a fine wire loop with low-voltage electrical current to remove, or excise, a cone-shaped biopsy of cervical tissue. A speculum is inserted into the vagina, a mild solution of acetic acid (vinegar) is swabbed on the cervix to wash away mucous secretions and to highlight abnormal areas on the surface. Examination with a colposcope will then be performed and the locations for the excision determined. A local anesthetic will be injected into the cervix, sometimes mixed with a medication to help control bleeding. The loop is carefully drawn across the cervix to remove a thin layer of the cervix to submit to pathology for examination. Occasionally there is bleeding from the cut surface of the cervix, your care provider may use electrical cauterization or apply a liquid or paste-like solution (Monel’s) to the bleeding areas to stop the bleeding. When adequate amount of specimen has been collected and bleeding is controlled, the procedure will is complete and the speculum will be removed.
The procedure may be used to diagnose infections, inflammatory, pre-malignant, malignant, or other conditions affecting the cervix and/or vaginal walls. Results can take up to 14 business days.
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