Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a thin wire loop to precisely cut out areas of the cervix. The cervix is a neck-like structure that connects the vagina and uterus. LEEP is done to remove abnormal cervical cells.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Heavy bleeding (more than your normal period)
- Bleeding with clots
- Severe abdominal pain
- Fever or chills
- Unusual odor or discharge
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure
(LEEP) uses a thin wire loop to precisely cut out areas of the cervix. The cervix is a neck-like structure that connects the vagina and uterus. LEEP is done to remove abnormal cervical cells.
What to Expect
Reasons for Procedure
LEEP is often done after abnormal
cells have been found on the cervix. These abnormal cells are often found on a
Pap test. If the cells found on a Pap test show
(abnormal cells) or cancer cells, a LEEP may be done.
If you are planning to have LEEP, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Abdominal cramping
Future pregnancy problems (small increased risk of
and having a low birth weight baby)
- Narrowing of the cervix (very rare)
- Incomplete removal of the abnormal tissue
- Accidental cutting or burning of normal tissue
Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
The following may also increase the risk of complications:
- Menstruation at the time of the procedure—It is best to have LEEP done when you do not have your period.
pelvic inflammatory disease
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Pregnancy or possible pregnancy