|Where is the procedure done?
The procedure is done in the outpatient surgical setting. The
procedure will take 10-30 minutes. You will then be in the recovery
room for 1-2 hours.
What do I need to do prior to the procedure?
Most LEEP procedures are done under general anesthesia. Because
of this, you cannot have anything to eat or drink after midnight the
night before the procedure.
What do I need to do after the procedure?
You will be given a prescription for a medicine to be used in the
vagina. It is used to help prevent infection, and should be used
until it is gone. Although you can return to most of your normal
activities soon after the LEEP, it is important to help your cervix
heal by avoiding the following activities until your post-op visit:
- tub baths, hot tubs, whirlpools
- douches or tampons
- sexual intercourse
- no heavy lifting for 2-3 days
What can I expect after the procedure?
As your cervix heals, you may experience one or more of the
- thick, brownish-black discharge for 2-6-weeks
- mild cramping (you may take Tylenol or Advil as directed)
- vaginal bleeding
- heavier bleeding during your next period
When should I call the doctor?
Please notify our office if you develop a fever, severe pain,
foul smelling drainage, or bleeding that saturates more than one
sanitary pad in an hour.
Follow up for your future
LEEP is usually a successful treatment, but the doctor will
request that you return for follow-up Pap smears or colposcopy. This
will be necessary to ensure that the abnormal cells have been
completely removed from your cervix and have not recurred. You will
also need to make a follow up appointment for 2-3 weeks after the