Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

Learn how the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) works as a precancer treatment or cancer diagnosis. Schedule in Atlanta.

Early detection of cervical cancer is the best tool for an optimal prognosis, including full recovery. If tests have shown abnormalities of the cervix, we will want to examine the abnormal tissue to either make a cancer diagnosis or remove precancerous cells that could become a problem. One of the safest and most effective ways to do this is through an electrical excision operation known as the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP). At Radiant Women’s Health, we can perform this and other treatments to help you regain your health and happiness.


What Is the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure?

The Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure is a very safe operation. We insert a wire loop into the vaginal tract and gently heat it with an electric current. The purpose of this is to remove abnormal tissue for testing. The current passes through the loop, separating a thin layer of tissue which we then extract and submit to laboratory analysis. Once we receive results from this procedure, we can then determine the best treatment course for your health.

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Do I Need a LEEP?

If we detect possible cervical or vaginal abnormalities during our standard pelvic exam or a Pap smear, we may wish to perform a LEEP as the next step. Doing so will help us detect possible vaginal or cervical cancer and remove abnormal cells so they do not cause problems later on. We may also recommend Loop Electrosurgical Excision for growths such as polyps or genital warts.

How Does Loop Electrosurgical Excision Work?

You should not be menstruating or pregnant when you come in for your procedure. First, you will be asked to empty your bladder and put on a hospital gown. The procedure is similar to a pelvic exam, but also involves the use of a colposcope, a special tool that will allow Dr. Birt to locate the areas of abnormality. Once abnormal areas are located, Dr. Birt will then clean the area, apply a local anesthetic, and insert the LEEP wire to remove the tissue. The electrical current has a coagulation effect so there should be little or no bleeding during the procedure, although you may feel some slight pressure or cramping. There may be some spotting for a few days following your visit. We will contact you as soon as we have tested your tissue sample and have the results.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure Near Conyers, Atlanta

Your good health is our top priority at Radiant Women’s Health. Dr. Birt treats each patient with the utmost care, and you will feel right at home among our compassionate staff in a stress-free environment. To schedule your LEEP, first, contact us by submitting the following form, or call us now directly at (770) 860-0123.


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