LEEP

(Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)


LEEP is done after high grade abnormal cells have been confirmed by colposcopy. The cervix is covered by a thin layer of cells that are constantly shedding and being replaced by new cells. Sometimes these cells become abnormal (dysplasia). Mild forms of dysplasia may go away on their own but more severe forms may not go away and may progress into cervical cancer if not removed. LEEP is very effective at removing these abnormal cells.

Dr. Hayes does the LEEP procedure using a thin wire loop to remove a thin layer of abnormal surface cells. Medication is first applied to numb the cervix, making it a painless procedure . Patients are usually able to return to normal activities the next day.