LEEP – Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedures
If you have a Pap smear that shows abnormal cells, your OBGYN may suggest “LEEP”. “LEEP” stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedures – a series of procedures where a thin wire loop is inserted in the cervix, and passed an electrical current. This effectively removes the thin layer of tissue that contains the abnormal cells in the cervix.
After a local anesthesia is administered, the thin wire loop is inserted into the vagina and to the cervix. Electrical current is applied to the loop and the loop acts as a scalpel to remove the abnormal tissue. The tissue is then evaluated to deny or confirm a diagnosis.
Services to Remove Abnormal Cervix Tissue
- laser treatment
- cone biopsy
However, the actual procedure used depends upon
- how much tissue needs to be removed
- where the cells are located on the cervix
Recovery time usual takes several weeks. Like all procedures, LEEP may have risks, so it is important to understand them before having the procedure.