LEEP – Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure
Women who have a Pap smear, colposcopy, or biopsy of any sort that is showing abnormal cells in their cervix may find that their physician will suggest an electrosurgical procedure commonly called LEEP. LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) uses a thin wire loop to remove those cells through electricity. It removes a fine layer of the abnormal cells, it’s minimally invasive, and is an in-office procedure. Very rarely will the LEEP procedure take long.
How is LEEP Administered?
A local anesthesia will be administered, you will lay down on an examination table, and we will use a speculum to separate the walls of your vagina. After the local anesthesia is administered and begins to kick in, the thin wire loop is inserted into the vagina and into the cervix. Electrical current is applied to the loop and the loop acts as a scalpel to remove the abnormal tissue. The tissue is then evaluated in a lab to confirm or deny a diagnosis. Other procedures can be used to remove the abnormal cells and include:
- laser treatment
- cone biopsy
However, the actual procedure used depends upon how much tissue needs to be removed and where the cells are located on the cervix. Recovery time usually takes several weeks. Like any medical procedure, LEEP does have some risks. It is important to understand the risks of LEEP before having the procedure.
LEEP Treatment for Abnormal Cervical Cells in Dallas, TX
Dr. Crable is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist committed to providing women with high-quality service and personalized care for their unique needs in the Dallas, Texas area. LEEP is available in our office, by appointment or referral. Call today (469) 364-3764