The purpose of the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) is to remove from the cervix or vagina abnormal tissue using a loop electrode. Unlike other ways of treating precancerous lesions of the cervix, LEEP removes the abnormal tissue without destroying it. A pathologist can then examine the removed tissue. Very little of the normal tissue is removed.
When you come in for the LEEP, you will be asked to sign a consent form. The procedure will be scheduled about one week after your last period. LEEP cannot be performed during your period or if you have an infection of the cervix.
You will be placed in a chair that tilts you back automatically. This table tilts back further than a regular table so that the doctor can use a microscope for the procedure. A speculum will be inserted into the vagina and your cervix will be looked at by the doctor using a colposcope (microscope). A vinegar and maybe an iodine solution will be applied to the cervix to help identify abnormal tissue. A local anesthetic will be used to numb your cervix. The abnormal tissue will be removed with a thin wire loop that cuts through the tissue. The entire procedure takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions or if any problems arise, please do not hesitate to call the office at 703-370-0400