CERVICAL CANCER USED TO BE THE LEADING CAUSE OF CANCER DEATH FOR WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES.
However, in the past 40 years, the number of cervical cancer cases and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly.
At Metro OBGYN we pride ourselves in using the latest technology for the early detection of cervical cancer. The key to early detection is scheduling your annual Pap test (Papanicolaou test)--a cervical screening used to detect pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
If your colposcopy reveals abnormal cervical cells or cervical dysplasia your healtcare provider may request you have a LEEP procedure.
What is LEEP
The Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, or LEEP, is one of several ways to help diagnose and treat abnormal cervical cells.
LEEP uses a thin wire loop electrode that removes the affected cervical tissue.
This technique allows your healthcare provider to send the excised tissue to the lab for further evaluation, ensuring the lesion was completely removed. It also gives a more accurate assessment of the abnormal area.
The LEEP takes about 20-30 minutes and can be conducted in our office.
Recovery after a LEEP usually takes a few days at most. Possible side effects will be discussed with you before the procedure.
After the procedure you should not have sexual intercourse for as long as is recommended by your physician. You will not be allowed to lift heavy objects, use tampons, douche, or take tub baths. You will be allowed to take showers in order to prevent infection.