In minutes, we can remove pre-cancerous lesions from your cervix. The LEEP
procedure replaces the traditional cone biopsy, shaving the abnormal tissues
away. Over 90% of patients are cured in a single treatment. The procedure
can be performed in our office or at our
Washington Outpatient Surgery Center.
The loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is used when you have
pre-cancerous cells on the surface of the cervix. This does not mean you
have cancer, but treatment of the abnormal area is important to prevent
the cells from progressing into invasive cervical cancer.
After injecting local anesthetic in your cervix, we use the LEEP—a
thin, wire-loop electrode attached to an electrosurgical generator. The
generator transmits a painless electrical current that quickly cuts away
the affected cervical tissue—it takes about one minute. After the
lesion is removed, your physician will use a ball electrode to stop any
bleeding; he/she may also use a topical solution to prevent further bleeding.
This technique allows your physician to send the excised tissue to the
lab for further evaluation, which insures that the pre-cancerous lesion
was completely removed, as well as allowing for a more accurate assessment
of the abnormal area.
After a LEEP, you can expect mild cramping, dark discharge, and possibly
mild bleeding. You can immediately return to work and light activities.
Do not have intercourse or place anything in your vagina for 4 weeks afterwards.
You should call us if you experience bleeding that is heavier than a normal
period, or if you experience severe pain. Follow your doctor’s instructions
closely after your LEEP procedure; he/she will tell you when to return
for follow-up PAP smears and/or colposcopy. While LEEP will successfully
treat greater than 90% of patients on the first attempt, it is imperative
that you keep these follow-up appointments to be sure that the abnormal
area was completely removed and that it has not returned.