Cervical Cancer Treatment by LEEPIf you have been diagnosed with cervical cancer, you may be overwhelmed with the wide variety of treatment options. Some of the procedures have very technical names and sound intimidating. However, it is helpful to learn as much as possible about all the choices so you can make an informed decision. For example, we are going to discuss LEEP as a viable treatment option.
First of all, LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. The treatment uses an electrical current passed through a thin low-voltage wire loop like a knife to remove any abnormal tissue. The fact that this treatment involves using electricity may evoke images of Frankenstein. However, don’t let the long name and procedure frighten you - the actual procedure is virtually painless. Medication is injected to numb the cervix and an IV solution may also be used to minimize discomfort in certain cases.
Patients remove their clothing and lie on their back with their legs raised, sometimes in stirrups. A tool called a speculum is inserted into the vagina which gently spreads the vaginal walls. Women who have previously undergone a Pap smear will already be familiar with this part of the procedure.
Sometimes a vinegar or iodine solution is applied the cervix before the procedure to increase the visibility of the abnormal cells. Once the wire loops is inserted, the current is able to quickly and effectively destroy any abnormal tissue. In fact, the entire procedure normally lasts 10-15 minutes and can be performed in a doctor’s office, clinic or outpatient area of a hospital.
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