Leep (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)

Leep (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)

What is Leep?

LEEP is the name of the method used to remove tissues using an electrical wire loop. It is used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer precursor changes (CINs) in the cervix.

What are the Risks of the LEEP Process?

There may be a number of side effects associated with the LEEP process, these are:

Infection

Bleeding, early or late

Changes or blockages in the cervix

It can be listed as an increase in the risk of preterm birth.

It is necessary to show that a patient does not have a vaginal or pelvic infection and that there is no pregnancy before the procedure is performed.

How to Preparation Before LEEP?

Your doctor will inform you about the procedure and answer your questions.

You will be asked to sign a consent form that you have been informed about the transaction.

If you have any suspicion of pregnancy, be sure to share this with your doctor.

Share all medications you are taking, especially blood thinners, with your doctor.

If you have complaints that suggest bleeding discomfort such as easy bleeding, bruising, share it with your doctor.

The ideal period for the procedure is after the end of the menstrual cycle.

How is the LEEP Process Performed?

The Leep procedure can be done in your doctor’s office or in hospital conditions. Patients who do not feel uncomfortable during gynecological examination can tolerate the procedure without anesthesia, it will be more appropriate to perform the procedure under anesthesia if patients who are uncomfortable during the gynecological examination or if a comprehensive and large procedure is to be performed.

What Happens After LEEP Treatment?

After the procedure is over, your doctor will wait for you to rest and recover for a while. When you express that you feel good, you can go home.
You will be asked to use a pad under your underwear on your way home, as you may have light bleeding. It is natural to have bloody discharge, black spotting in a few days after the procedure, and sometimes a clearer and liquid discharge may also appear.
Sexual intercourse and vaginal douching should be avoided for 4 weeks after the procedure.
After the treatment, which is usually a painless procedure, sometimes cramping pains can be seen, your doctor will give you pain relief for this. If there is no evidence of active infection, there is no need for antibiotics after the procedure.
Pathology results will usually be available within a week to 10 days.
If you have complaints similar to the following, you should immediately inform your physician or the healthcare institution you are associated with:

Heavy and clot-lowering bleeding

Bad-smelling discharge from the vagina

Fever and chills

Severe abdominal pain

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