Cervical Polypectomy for Polyps Removal
Cervical polyps are growths of tissue on the cervix that are usually noncancerous and don't typically cause symptoms. However, a small percentage of cervical polyps can undergo changes that make them precancerous or cancerous. For this reason, it's advisable to have cervical polyps removed via polypectomy, a minimally invasive, in-office procedure performed at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic by our OB/GYNs.
During the procedure, a speculum is inserted into the vagina to expose the cervix. Polyps with a "stalk" can usually be removed using forceps to grasp and gently twist the polyp until it’s released from the cervix.
For polyps without a stalk, called broad-based polyps, a local anesthetic is injected into the cervix and a heated wire loop is used to surround the polyp and burn it off the surface of the cervix. During either method, a sample of the removed polyp is sent to the lab for analysis to detect any potentially cancerous cells.
The procedure isn’t painful, but a dull ache or cramping may be present during and after. A watery discharge or light bleeding after the procedure is normal. Sexual intercourse and tampons should be avoided until the discharge and/or bleeding has subsided (usually two to four weeks).
If you’ve been diagnosed with cervical polyps that need to be removed for further analysis, contact Kelsey-Seybold Clinic at 713-442-8598 to schedule an appointment for a minimally invasive polypectomy.