LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Precedure)

LEEP or loop electrosurgical excision procedure is an in-office technique for removing abnormal cervical cells that are suspected of being or becoming cancer.  It requires only local anesthesia, takes just a few minutes to perform, and removes more tissue than a cervical biopsy.  LEEP is also a diagnostic tool since the cells that are removed are sent to a pathology lab for analysis.  The patient experiences no discomfort during the procedure and possible mild cramping afterwards.  The cervix heals in about four weeks.


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