It’s frightening as a woman to be told by your doctor that abnormal cells have been found during your annual exam. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be frightening thanks to a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). This procedure is used to diagnose and treat abnormal conditions in a woman’s body.
Here’s how it works: using a wire loop that’s heated by an electric current, your physician is able to remove any abnormal cells and tissues and send them to the lab for testing. When these tissues are removed, the procedure then allows healthy tissue to grow. In fact, in 90 percent of cases, LEEP will cure the problem altogether.
LEEP is a quick, mostly painless outpatient procedure. You’ll notice that the procedure itself is much like an annual Pap test, and may in fact be done while you are getting your annual exam. However, because tissue samples are cut away, you’ll want to limit your activity and avoid certain activities for up to a month.
Pleasant Valley Hospital is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art obstetric and gynecologic care to all women in our wonderful community. That’s why we encourage you to get annual pelvic exams so any issues with your reproductive health can be tackled before they become a real problem. And we offer LEEP services to ensure your needs are truly being met. We’re here to keep you at your best, so schedule an appointment today at 304-857-6503.