If you have recently had a pelvic exam or Pap test, an Ogden Clinic specialist in Utah may recommend having a LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure), if any abnormal tissue, or vaginal and cervical problems were found. LEEP is also commonly used to detect cancer of the cervix or vagina, and also examine women who have been exposed to DES (Diethylstilbestrol). The procedure can also remove genital warts and polyps.
Before having a LEEP at Ogden Clinic, it is important to let your doctor know if you are allergic to any medications, latex, or types of anesthesia. If you think you might be pregnant, it is important to tell your doctor. Prior to your LEEP, you should avoid tampons, vaginal creams, and having sexual intercourse. The LEEP will be performed when you are not on your menstrual period.
A LEEP can be performed as an outpatient procedure or while you are staying in the hospital for other treatment. To start, you will be asked to undress, put on a hospital gown, and empty your bladder before the procedure begins. You will then lie down on examination table with your legs and feet supported, as you would for a pelvic exam.
Your doctor will then insert a speculum into your vagina and spread the walls to be able to view the cervix. A colposcope will be placed at the opening of your vagina, for the doctor to magnify the tissues and determine which areas need to be treated. Depending on the extent of the damage or abnormal tissue found, your doctor will numb the areas to be treated and clean them with iodine or a vinegar solution. The LEEP wire will then be inserted through the speculum and into the cervix. Your doctor will pass over the selected areas, one or more times, to remove the abnormal tissues to biopsy. During this process, you may feel minor cramping or pressure. The electrical current of the LEEP wire will seal any broken blood vessels, so there will be hardly any bleeding. Your tissue will then be sent to the laboratory for testing to determine if any disease or cancer is present.
Have you recently had an abnormal pelvic exam? If you would like to learn more about LEEP at Ogden Clinic in Utah, please contact our office today.