What is Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)?
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure, or LEEP, is a treatment used to prevent cervical cancer. During the procedure, a small electrical wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from the cervix. If abnormal cells are found during your Pap test, biopsy, or colposcopy, LEEP surgery may be the best treatment option for you. The procedure is extremely safe and effective, and can be performed by Dr. Gary Ott of Premier Women’s Health Associates in West Hills, California.
What can I expect during LEEP?
During LEEP, you will lie down on an exam table, similar to a Pap test. Next, a speculum will be used to open the walls of the vagina so that the doctor or nurse can see your cervix. A numbing medicine will applied to your cervix in order to limit any pain and discomfort. Then a small tool with an electrical wire loop will be used to remove the abnormal cells. Those cells will be sent off to a lab for testing. In order to prevent bleeding, your doctor will seal the blood vessels in the area and a special paste called Monsel’s Solution may be applied. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes.
How effective is the procedure?
Most of the time, the Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure will remove all of your abnormal cervical cells. If some of the abnormal cells remain, you may need to do LEEP again. In some cases, your doctor or use may recommend more tests or a different treatment.
Request LEEP in the San Fernando Valley
If you have abnormal cervical cells and require treatment, schedule an appointment at Premier Women’s Health Associates in West Hills, California. Dr. Ott can perform LEEP, and we also do Pap tests to screen for abnormal cells in the cervix. With our full range of gynecologic services, we can help you stay ahead of cervical cancer. If you live in Calabasas, West Lake, Thousand Oaks, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (818) 346-5000 or request an appointment online to get started.