Each year, more than 13,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed, a number which used to be much larger almost 20 years ago. That’s because of procedures like LEEP, or loop electrosurgical excision procedure, which has been a game changer in helping women battle this cancer. At Aster OB/GYN, Farris Fahmy, MD, FACOG, is equipped to perform LEEP to eliminate cervical lesions at his office on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York. If you’d like to explore how LEEP can help you, call or book an appointment online.
Leep, or loop electrosurgical excision procedure, is a technique whereby Dr. Fahmy removes abnormal cells from your cervix. Rather than using a scalpel, Dr. Fahmy inserts a small wire loop that carries an electrical current and shaves away a thin layer of cells on your cervix.
When it comes to cervical cancer, the first step in evaluation and diagnosis is a Pap test. This harmless swab of your cervix is designed to detect the presence of abnormal cells. These abnormal cells are considered precancerous, which allows you the unique opportunity to catch cancer before it even develops.
Typically, if your Pap test comes back with abnormal results, Dr. Fahmy waits a few months before retesting. The presence of abnormal cells isn't cause for alarm, and your body usually resolves them on its own.
If, however, the results continue to come back as abnormal, Dr. Fahmy may turn to LEEP for a closer evaluation of the abnormal cells on your cervix, and to excise them.
Dr. Fahmy performs the LEEP in his office. After giving you a local anesthetic, he goes in with the wire to remove the high-grade lesions on your cervix.
The procedure itself doesn't take long, and you're free to go home after. You may feel some cramping after the local anesthesia wears off. You may also experience the following for a couple of weeks after the procedure:
During your procedure, Dr. Fahmy applies a solution around your cervix to help prevent bleeding and the brown discharge is that solution.
It takes a few weeks for your cervix to heal completely, so you shouldn’t use tampons or engage in sexual intercourse during this time. If your bleeding doesn’t subside, you should call Dr. Fahmy.
In the meantime, Dr. Fahmy sends off the excised cells for testing. Once he has the results, he lets you know whether any next steps are needed.
Ultimately, the LEEP can save you from cervical cancer, which is a rare opportunity when it comes to cancer of any kind.
To learn more about LEEP, call Aster OB/GYN, or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.