LEEP Procedure

What is a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) and why would you need one?

A LEEP procedure is used to evaluate and treat abnormal cervical cells from the cervix. This is done by using a thin wire loop that acts like a scalpel (surgical knife). An electrical current is passed through the loop which cuts away a thin layer of the cervix.

Your health care professional may suggest this procedure if you have an abnormal cervical cancer screening result.

This procedure usually only takes a few minutes, and can be performed in our office. To give a better view of the cervix, the LEEP procedure should be performed when you are not having your menstrual period.

What to Expect During the LEEP Procedure

During the procedure, you will lie on your back and place your legs in stirrups, like you would for an annual exam. To prevent pain, a local anesthesia is used. Since this is given as an injection, there may be a slight sting, then a dull ache or cramp. The loop is then inserted into the vagina to the cervix. The doctor will pinpoint the abnormal cells, and remove them. The tissue that was removed will be sent out to the lab to confirm the diagnosis.

After the procedure, a special paste is applied to the area to stop any bleeding that may occur.

Recovery after a LEEP Procedure

You may have some spotting and mild cramping after the procedure. While your cervix heals, which can take a few weeks, nothing should be placed in the vagina, such as tampons or douches. You should abstain from intercourse for a period of time determined by the doctor.

Always contact your doctor if after the procedure you experience:
Heavy Bleeding, Bleeding with Clots or Severe Abdominal Pain

​​​​​​​For more information about LEEP procedures, don’t hesitate to speak to our reassuring and discreet team in New Lenox, IL.

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