A LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) removes abnormal tissue, such as precancerous cells, from your cervix. Highly skilled OB/GYN Albert C. Chan, MD, performs in-office LEEP services at his private practice in South Plainfield, New Jersey. If you need a LEEP procedure, call or book an appointment online today.
A loop electrosurgical excision procedure, or LEEP, removes cells and tissue from your cervix or vagina using a wire loop that’s heated by an electric current. During a LEEP, Dr. Chan cuts away a very thin layer of abnormal tissue. Then, he sends this tissue to a lab for testing.
Dr. Chan may recommend a LEEP if a pelvic exam or another test finds abnormal changes to the cells in your cervix or vagina. For example, you may need a LEEP if you had a Pap test come back with abnormal results.
Abnormal cells may be noncancerous growths, such as polyps, or they may be precancerous. When precancerous cells are left untreated, they may turn into cervical cancer.
After Dr. Chan receives the laboratory results from your LEEP, he determines whether additional tests or procedures are necessary.
To provide the best view of your cervix, you should schedule your LEEP during a time when you aren’t menstruating. Dr. Chan performs LEEPs right in his office so you don’t need to go to the hospital.
LEEPs only take a few minutes. During this time, you lie on your back with your feet in stirrups. Dr. Chan inserts a speculum into your vagina just like he would for a Pap test. Then, he numbs your cervix with a local anesthetic to prevent pain.
He inserts the loop tool, which becomes heated by the electrical current. After he removes the abnormal tissue, Dr. Chan applies a paste to your cervix to stop the bleeding.
After a LEEP, it’s common to experience mild cramping and discharge from your vagina. The discharge may be brownish-black in color as you shed the paste that Dr. Chan applied to your cervix.
It takes a few weeks for your cervix to heal. During this time, you shouldn’t have sexual intercourse or put anything inside your vagina, including tampons. You should contact Dr. Chan right away if you experience heavy bleeding or severe abdominal cramps after a LEEP.
To schedule your LEEP, call the office of Albert C. Chan, MD, or book an appointment online today.