Loop Electrocautery Excision Procedure (LEEP)
Loop electrocautery excision procedure (LEEP) is a procedure for removing abnormal cells from the cervix.
How It Works:
- Patient lies on her back and places legs in stirrups;
- Dr. Bhatia inserts a speculum into the vagina in the same way as with the pelvic exam;
- Local anesthesia is used to prevent the pain;
- A thin wire loop that acts like a scalpel is inserted into the vagina to the cervix;
- The wire is used to excise the abnormal cells;
- The wire is removed and post-op care is applied accordingly (for any bleeding that may have occurred)
LEEP is a treatment for moderate to severely abnormal pap smears. And it can provide tissue for diagnosis for pathology.
All patients must have had:
- Pap smears with any abnormal result; and
- Colposcopy for results
Patients may return to regular activities the next day.