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What is the purpose of a leep procedure?

What is the purpose of a leep procedure?

Leep procedure: Loop electrosurgical excision procedure is often used for surgical excision of cervical (vaginal) lesions. You can expect some cramping for hours after the procedure and some brownish discharge. Spotting may occur for several weeks. Intercourse should be avoided for at least 3 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. John cuong Doan
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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (Definition)

This is a procedure done to remove a part of the cervix that is abnormal. Pts have leeps once they have had an abnormal pap smear and further evaluation warranted a leep to remove tissue off the cervix. This is both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. Its cuts the bad part out and it helps heal whatever other tissue is affected by ...Read more


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What to do if I have the leep procedure?

What to do if I have the leep procedure?

You'll be fine:): Talk to your doctor- it is a very quick procedure usually done in the office. Your doctor will use a speculum to locate the cervix, numb it with anesthsia (may cause little pinching) and remove the face of the cervix with a special instrument. You may have some mild cramping, but procedure is quick and tolerated well. ...Read more

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How will I feel after the leep procedure?

How will I feel after the leep procedure?

Easy to recover from: A leep procedure is typically done in an office setting under local anesthesia. Placed properly, the local anesthetic makes this a completely painless procedure. There is not usually any pain even after the "numbing" medicine has worn off. None of the patients i've treated in 22 years of practice have ever required prescription strength pain medicine. Ibuprofen or Naproxen is all that's needed. ...Read more

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Can getting a leep procedure affect fertility?

Can getting a leep procedure affect fertility?

Rarely: It has the potential to affect the mucous producing glands in the cervix, but it's uncommon. Also discuss the possibility of an increased risk for premature delivery following a leep. ...Read more

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How do they do the leep procedure in the office?

How do they do the leep procedure in the office?

Easily: Loop electrical excision procedure (leep) is easily done in the office with a local block (i use 1% Lidocaine with epinephrine) and most patients note less pain than their colposcopies. I do have colleagues who do them in the or but it really does not require general anesthesia or sedation. I've done them over 17 years in the office without problems and they take approximately 10 minutes to do. ...Read more

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Can you masturbate after having a leep procedure?

Can you masturbate after having a leep procedure?

Please ask your doc: Who did the leep he or she may or may not say that is ok. ...Read more

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What is considered normal bleeding after a leep procedure?

What is considered normal bleeding after a leep procedure?

Less than a period: Mild spotting or bleeding like a light period might be normal. Bleeding with clots or as much or more than a period would not likely be normal, and you should check with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after a leep procedure to use tampons?

How long should I wait after a leep procedure to use tampons?

2 - 4 weeks: Let your cervix heal & try not to disrupt the healing cervix with anything on the vagina, including tampons. I instruct patients to wait until 2 weeks with no bleeding or discharge. Please check with your doc for his/her recommendations. Take good care of yourself & be sure to keep your follow-up visits. ...Read more

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Will a leep procedure stop you from having abnormal papsmears?

Will a leep procedure stop you from having abnormal papsmears?

LEEP: The purpose is to remove abnormal cells. There is no guarantee that all of the abnormal cells are removed or that they will not recurr. The purpose is to remove the abnormal tissue and then monitor you. Hopefully you will return to have normal pap smears. ...Read more