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LEEP in Denver
Diagnosing abnormal cell growth on the cervix is an important step in the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. A LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) tests for and treats abnormal cells on the surface tissue of the cervix, using heat to remove abnormal tissue.
At the Women’s Health Group, we perform LEEP when patients have had an abnormal Pap test or colposcopy. Our dedicated team is here to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process so you can get the answers you need.
When Is LEEP Done?
Abnormal Pap tests are common. Generally, the first step after having an abnormal Pap smear result is a colposcopy. This procedure allows your doctor to see changes in your cervical tissue. If the changes observed are moderate to high-grade, this could indicate a higher risk of cervical cancer development and the need for LEEP.
LEEP is used to diagnose and treat:
How Does LEEP Work?
LEEP uses a thin, low-voltage wire loop heated by electricity to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix and surrounding area.
LEEP uses a small tool with a wire loop that is heated through a low-voltage electric current. This heat allows the doctors to cut away the abnormal cells or tissue. Removing these cells prevents them from developing into cervical cancer.
After the tissue is removed, it will be sent to a lab for further testing. You will continue to have follow-up testing to ensure that all abnormal cells and tissue were removed.
What to Expect During LEEP
LEEP is a minor outpatient surgery that we typically perform in our office or at an outpatient surgical center.
- Here's what you can expect during the procedure:
- You will be asked to empty your bladder and remove any jewelry or other objects that may interfere with the procedure.
- Your doctor will numb the cervix with a local anesthetic. This may cause a temporary pinching sensation.
- A speculum will be inserted into your vagina to hold it open. This may feel uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
- Next, your doctor will use a thin wire loop, which is heated by an electrical current, to remove the abnormal cells. You may feel a cramping sensation during this part of the procedure.
- The removed tissue will be sent to a laboratory for testing.