LEEP Procedure in Columbus, OH

What is the LEEP Procedure?

Women who have a Pap smear showing abnormal cells in their cervix may find that their physician will suggest an electrosurgical procedure commonly called LEEP to remove those cells. This minimally invasive procedure uses a thin wire loop through which an electric current is passed to remove a thin layer of tissue containing the abnormal cells. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and seldom takes more than a few moments.

After a local anesthesia is administered, the thin wire loop is inserted into the vagina and to 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 to make or confirm a diagnosis. Other procedures can be used to remove the abnormal cells and include:

  • cryosurgery
  • 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 usual takes several weeks. Like all procedures LEEP does have some risks so it is important to understand them before having the procedure.

LEEP Recovery Process

The entire procedure takes approximately 10-20 minutes, after which time patients are allowed to return home and continue with regular activities. Your physician at Comprehensive Women’s Care will have their removed cervical cells analyzed at our lab facility to determine if further diagnostic testing or treatment is needed.

What to Expect After LEEP

LEEP is a very safe and effective treatment option, though there are several common symptoms that women should be aware of following their procedure, including:

  • Bleeding: Wearing absorbent pads can help to manage small amounts of bleeding after treatment, though if you continue to bleed, or are bleeding excessively, please contact Comprehensive Women’s Care right away.
  • Cramping: It is also common for the muscles in the pelvic to contract after LEEP, leading to mild cramping.
  • Discharge: Women are likely to experience a watery discharge that is pink in color.

Along with excessive bleeding, patients should contact our office immediately if they experience clotting, fever, or severe pain.

LEEP Preparation

Before the procedure begins, make sure that you address any questions or concerns with your doctor. It is important to fully understand the reasoning why a LEEP is being performed, and what sort of follow-up care will be needed once it is complete. Patients should also inform their physician of any medications they are currently taking that may impact their treatment, such as blood thinners. No other significant preparation such as fasting is required prior to LEEP.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have recently had an abnormal Pap smear, the LEEP procedure to remove abnormal cells may be an option for you. Schedule a consultation today by calling (614) 583-5552.