The loop electrosurgical excision procedure, LEEP, is a minor surgical procedure that takes about 30 minutes to complete and it can be done in our office. The procedure uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop or ball to cut out abnormal cervical tissue that is seen during a colposcopy. In addition, the procedure will remove abnormal cervical tissue in the upper cervical canal that cannot be seen during a colposcopy.
During the procedure, the doctor will insert a lubricated tool called a speculum into your vagina. This will gently spread apart the vaginal walls, allowing proper examination of the cervix. Then you will receive an injection with medication to numb the cervix, a cervical block. Then the doctor will proceed with the removal of the abnormal cells.
After having a LEEP procedures, typical symptoms include:
- Mild Cramping happening several hours after the procedure
- Dark Brown Discharge during the first week after procedure
- Vaginal discharge/spotting can happen up to 3 weeks
In most cases, patients are able to return to normal activities in 1-3 days. However, recovery time does vary depending on the procedure. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for 3 weeks after the procedure. Pads should be used instead of tampons for 3 weeks.