What to Expect: Office LEEP Procedure
What is a LEEP?
- A LEEP stands for a loop electrocautery excision procedure.
- This procedure is performed to remove abnormal cells from the cervix so that they cannot become cancerous.
What Will Happen?
- Be sure to eat a small meal prior to your appointment.
- It is nice to bring a driver with you, but it is not mandatory.
- In the exam room, the doctor will inject a numbing medication into the cervix; this feels like a small prick and a burning sensation.
- Once you are numb, the LEEP will be used to removed the abnormal cells from the cervix.
- Additional medication may be applied to the cervix to help stop bleeding.
- The procedure usually takes only 5-10 minutes.
After the Procedure
- You should use a pad, not a tampon, for 2 weeks.
- Do not have intercourse or do any heavy exercise for 2 weeks.
- Otherwise, you may resume normal activities as soon as you feel up to it.
- It is common to see some pink, red, or brown discharge after this procedure.
- You may use Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) if you have cramping.
- If you have heavy bleeding or see clots passing, or if you have a fever of over 100 F, please call the office.
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