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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

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Loop electrosurgical excision procedure, or LEEP, is a procedure to remove abnormal cervical tissue either for a biopsy or as a treatment. LEEP uses a combination of thin wires in varying sizes that are heated with an electrical current to burn or cauterize the cervical tissue that it touches. When used as a therapy to remove abnormal cervical cells, LEEP burns away abnormal cells and typically as the area heals, healthy cells grow back. Loop electrosurgical excision procedures are extremely effective and are able to cure cervical problems in 90% of all cases. Our physicians can perform LEEP in our Palm Harbor office, in an outpatient facility or even as part of a hospital stay and it takes about 10 minutes.

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure may be used to:

  • Diagnose abnormal Pap smear results
  • Biopsy abnormal tissue observed during a colposcopy
  • Diagnose and treat genital warts
  • Remove abnormal cells
  • Treat polyps

What to expect?

LEEP is typically done while a patient is awake, and is very similar to a colposcopy. During the procedure our physician will apply a numbing medication to the area being examined, but it is normal to experience some mild cramping or discomfort from the wash used to cleanse the cervix and the device used to hold the cervix in place. Your medical team will work with you to make you as comfortable as possible. Once the abnormal tissue is removed a medication to control bleeding will be applied to the burned area(s).

After the procedure some spotting, mild cramping, and dark discharge may occur. The darkened discharge is the medication that was applied to the cervix during the procedure. Watery discharge may occur for several weeks as the cervix heals and sheds any cauterized cells. Our physicians will provide recommendations about what medications are best for any cramping, when you may resume intercourse or the use of tampons or douching products.

If you have questions about loop electrosurgical excision procedures or think this procedure might be right for you, please contact our office at 727.935.6477 (Palm Harbor) or 727.789.9006 (Trinity) to request an appointment with our medical team today!