LEEP Procedure – Professional Brooklyn Gynecological Services – Brooklyn, NY

What is LEEP? Short for Loop Electrosurgical
Excision Procedure, which uses a fine wire loop heated by an electric current to remove
tissue & cells from the cervix. This procedure is used as part of the diagnosis & treatment
of abnormal or cancerous conditions in women. LEEP uses a wire loop that carries a low-voltage
electrical current to cut away a thin layer of abnormal tissue. It’s typically performed
after abnormal cells are found during Pap test, colposcopy or cervical biopsy. How is LEEP done? You will be asked to lie
down on the exam table with your feet elevated in stirrups, just like when you have a Pap
smear. The dr. will then insert a speculum to help open the vaginal walls, which will
allow access to the cervix. An acetic acid such as vinegar or Iodine will be applied
to your cervix to help make the abnormal areas of tissue more easily recognized. After the
area is numbed using a local anesthetic the Dr. will use the fine wire loop which will
deliver a low-voltage electrical current while it’s passed through the tissues to remove
the abnormal areas. Finally, the blood vessels in the area are sealed and Monsel’s solution
will be applied to prevent bleeding. The tissue is then sent to the lab for examination. Most
women can go home 15-20 minutes following the procedure. What can I expect after the LEEP procedure?
Many women experience mild cramping and pain for a day or two following the procedure.
Spotting and vaginal discharge commonly occur for a few weeks after LEEP. It’s important
to not douche or use tampons for several weeks following. In general, women should wait 3-4
weeks after the procedure before having vaginal intercourse. This will allow for your cervix
to heal & helps reduce the risk of infection. How effective is LEEP? LEEP has been shown
effective 90% of the time and is just as effective as cryotherapy, laser treatment and a cone
biopsy. Is LEEP Safe? As with any surgical procedure
there are risks, complications may occur. Rare complications have occurred in about
1%-2% of women who undergo the LEEP procedure. Please speak to your doctor today at Professional
Gynecological Services for more information about this procedure. 718.875.4848 http://www.thewomenschoice.com/leep/

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