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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) at Drexel Gynecology

Women who have had an abnormal pap test may undergo a loop electrosurgical excision procedure.Women who have had an abnormal pap test may undergo a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) as part of their evaluation or as a treatment. During LEEP, a thin wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from the cervix. An electrical current is passed through the loop, which removes a thin layer of the cervix. The tissue that is removed is sent to a lab for evaluation.

In preparation for LEEP, a speculum is inserted into the vagina and local anesthesia is administered to the surgical site to prevent pain. Following the procedure, electrocautery or topical treatments may be applied to stop any bleeding.

LEEP takes only a few minutes and the most common risk is heavy bleeding during the month following the procedure.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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