Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
When a Pap test shows abnormal cells on the cervix, the possibility of cervical cancer developing is higher than usual.
Typically, a colposcopy is ordered after the Pap to view the cervix and take a biopsy of the cervical tissue. A minimally invasive loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is performed to remove the abnormal cervical tissue and test for cancer.
Minimally Invasive Procedure
The LEEP begins in the same way a routine pelvic exam does. The patient remains awake and a speculum is inserted to open the vaginal canal. A colposcope is again used to provide the physician with a magnified view of the cervix. Then a solution is applied that makes the abnormal cells visible.
Local anesthesia numbs the cervix and an electrically charged wire loop is inserted through the vagina onto the cervix. The loop cuts away a thin lawyer of the cervical tissue, removing the abnormal cells in the process. The tissue that is cut away is tested for cancer or pre-cancerous cells. The in-office LEEP procedure takes around 20 minutes.
If you've had an abnormal Pap that requires a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to rule out cervical cancer, call the number below to speak to a Kelsey-Seybold expert an schedule an appointment.