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A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a procedure used to treat or diagnose abnormal cells on the cervix. It takes only a few minutes and usually happens in a clinic or hospital. You may have this done if you've had a Pap test that shows tissue that isn't normal.
During LEEP, your doctor will put a tool called a speculum into your vagina. It opens the vagina a little bit. This lets your doctor see the cervix and inside the vagina. A special vinegar and iodine solution is put on your cervix to make certain areas easier to see.
You will get freezing medicine to numb the cervix. You may feel a cramp, feel shaky, have a funny taste in your mouth, or have a faster heartbeat for a few minutes.
LEEP is done in a clinic or a hospital. It takes only a few minutes.
You should be able to go back to your normal routine the following day.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Adaptation Date: 7/17/2023
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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