What is a LEEP Procedure?
A LEEP is a surgical procedure that can be performed at a hospital or in our surgical suite to remove abnormal cells from the cervix. This procedure uses a wire loop to remove abnormal tissue after abnormal cells are diagnosed on colposcopy.
How do I prepare for a LEEP Procedure?
To prepare for a LEEP, we recommend that you:
- Avoid scheduling your LEEP during your period. You should try to schedule your LEEP for shortly after your period to ensure you are not pregnant if you are sexually active.
- Do not have vaginal intercourse the day or two before.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or Tylenol before going to your appointment.
What happens during a LEEP Procedure?
A LEEP usually takes around 10 - 20 minutes. You will be positioned in a similar fashion as a routine pelvic exam and your physician will examine your cervix with a colposcope. Anesthetic medicine is injected into the cervix during the procedure to keep you comfortable. A wire loop is then used to remove abnormal cells. A special tool is also used to sample cells from the inside of your cervix. You may have mild cramping during the procedure.
What happens after a LEEP Procedure?
You may have continued cramping after the LEEP. Tylenol or ibuprofen can be taken to relieve the cramping. Spotting and watery discharge after the procedure is common. You should use a panty liner or a pad, however intravaginal products such as tampons are not recommended. You should not use tampons or have intercourse for 4 weeks.
Biopsy results usually take 5-7 business days to come back. Your physician will contact you to review your results and discuss a management plan.