Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a very common technique for removing abnormal cells in the genital tract, but many people aren’t familiar with it. With such a long and complicated name, it sounds like it could be a difficult procedure. In fact, it’s fairly simple and quick, and there are a few things you can do ahead of time to help it go as smoothly as possible.
Dr. Daniel Kushner is a skilled and respected OB/GYN with offices in White Plains and Queens, New York. Supported by his friendly and experienced staff, Dr. Kushner provides a full range of obstetric and gynecological services to allow you to live a healthy and full life. He has years of experience with LEEP, and he takes the time to ensure you know what to expect and how to prepare for yours.
What is LEEP?
This excision procedure is used to remove abnormal tissue growing in your lower genital tract, including your cervix and vagina. This tissue may be genital warts from the very common sexually transmitted disease human papillomavirus (HPV). LEEP can also be used to remove benign or cancerous tissues growing on your cervix.
How do I prepare?
Before he begins the procedure, Dr. Kushner takes the time to explain the process to you and gives you time to get answers to any questions you might have. It’s important to give him a complete, up-to-date list of any prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking, and let him know you have any allergies or medical conditions.
You shouldn’t schedule the procedure during your menstrual period. Also, don’t use douches, tampons, vaginal creams, or have sex for 24 hours before your procedure.
What’s LEEP like?
During the procedure, you’re directed to lie on an exam table just as you would for a regular pelvic examination. Dr. Kushner inserts a speculum into your vagina in order to be able to view your cervix.
After applying a numbing lotion to prevent discomfort, Dr. Kushner uses a small handheld tool that emits electrical current, applying it to the abnormal cells to remove them. If needed, he can send the tissue to a lab in order to test it for cancerous cells. The entire procedure typically takes only about 10 minutes.
You shouldn’t feel any discomfort during the procedure due to the numbing cream, though you may have some soreness afterward. You may also experience vaginal cramps and some mild bleeding, so it’s best to bring a sanitary pad to your appointment. Ask Dr. Kushner about pain relievers that are safe for you to take afterward.
Dr Kushner also provides you with other specific instructions about activities to avoid — such as strenuous activity, douching, or sex — in the days and weeks after LEEP. It’s important to follow his instructions so you can heal as quickly as possible following your procedure.
To learn more about LEEP, or if you have any other OB/GYN concerns, call one of our offices to set up an appointment. You can also use our handy online booking system to find a date and time that work for you.