A cone biopsy is surgery to remove a cone-shaped piece of tissue from the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of your uterus that opens into your vagina.
The doctor uses either a surgical knife (scalpel), a thin wire loop charged with electricity, or a laser to cut out the tissue. The surgery is done through the vagina. It does not leave a scar on the outside of your body.
You may be asleep during the surgery, but it is usually done while you are awake. You will not feel pain, because your cervix and the area around it will be numb. After the surgery, a doctor will look at the tissue under a microscope to check for abnormal cells.
Most women go home 1 to 4 hours after the surgery. You will probably be able to return to your normal routine 1 or 2 days after the surgery. You should not have sex until your doctor tells you it is okay.
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 call line 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.
Having surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect and how to safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: March 28, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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