LEEP Procedure Specialist Questions and Answers
If you have been referred for a LEEP, come to Women’s Healthcare today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing LEEP procedures and can help you determine the health of your cervix.
Preventative screenings are an important part of healthcare. These tests provide invaluable insight into our health and can help detect early signs of life-threatening diseases. If a colposcopy detects abnormal cell growth which could be indicative of cancer often the next step is a LEEP procedure. The LEEP loop electrosurgical excision procedure is a common approach used to treat high grade cervical dysplasia. LEEP has many advantages including high success rate, low cost and high patient satisfaction. In other parts of the world, it may be referred to as large loop excision of the transformation zone, although this term is rarely used in the US.
What are LEEP Procedures?
LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. It is a treatment that prevents cervical cancer. During this procedure, a small electrical wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from the cervix. After abnormal cells are found during a Pap test, colposcopy, or biopsy, LEEP surgery may be performed.
How does LEEP work?
During the procedure, patients will be asked to lie down on an exam table, much like a Pap test. The examining physician will insert a speculum into the vagina to keep it open during the procedure. This separates the walls of the vagina so the doctor can clearly see the cervix. Once they can see the cervix, they will apply a numbing medicine to minimize discomfort. After this, to remove the abnormal cells, they will use a small tool with an electrical wire loop. To prevent bleeding, the blood vessels in the area will be sealed, or a special paste may be used. After the procedure is complete, the collected cell samples are sent to a lab to be tested. LEEP takes about 10 minutes.
How long does it take to recover from a LEEP procedure?
The length of time it takes to recover from a LEEP procedure varies from person to person and largely depends on their overall health and individual metabolism. On average, it takes around 4 to 6 weeks for the cervix to recover from a LEEP procedure. During the recovery process, individuals should not insert anything in the vagina, including tampons or cleaning devices. It is also imperative to refrain from sexual intercourse for a minimum of 4 weeks after the procedure.
If you are experiencing any of the following problems, contact your health care professional:
- Heavy bleeding
- Bleeding with clots
- Severe abdominal pain
- Fever of 101°F or more
- Any unexpected or unexplained problems
Can a LEEP procedure get rid of HPV?
Once a person has been infected with HPV, there is no cure for the virus or treatment to eliminate it from the system. The HPV vaccine prevents potential infections from occurring in the future and is intended for women who have never been infected with HPV. In order to be effective, a person usually needs to be given the vaccine before they become sexually active. LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), gets rid of abnormal cells that are caused by HPV, but it does not actually rid the body of the HPV infection.
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