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LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) is an effective outpatient treatment for dysplasia (abnormal cell growth). A fine wire loop with a special high-frequency current allows your doctor to precisely remove the abnormal tissue from your cervix.

The Procedure

  • Schedule LEEP for a time when you are not menstruating.
  • You'll place your feet in stirrups and your doctor will insert a speculum (a small device) into your vagina.
  • Your cervix is numbed with a local anesthetic.
  • A mild vinegar or iodine solution is applied to your cervix to highlight any dysplasia.
  • Your doctor may look through a colposcope to get a close-up view of your cervix.

Removing the Abnormal Tissue

  • The loop is inserted through your vagina and moved toward the cervix.
  • The loop is used to remove a small piece of cervical tissue.
  • To reduce bleeding, a medicated solution may be applied to the cervix. The solution often causes a dark vaginal discharge for a few days after the procedure. Your cervix should heal completely within a few weeks. 

Be sure to call your doctor if you experience:

  • Heavy bleeding or bleeding with clots
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Foul-smelling discharge
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