LEEP Procedure

LEEP procedureThe loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) uses a very thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut away abnormal tissue. LEEP can cut away abnormal cervical tissue that can be seen during a colposcopy procedure. LEEP is able to remove abnormal tissue high in the cervical canal that cannot be seen during colposcopy. In this situation, LEEP may be done instead of a cone biopsy.

A vinegar (acetic acid) or iodine solution, which makes abnormal cells more visible, may be applied to the cervix before the procedure is done. LEEP is another in-office procedure done at The Women's Center, so it is much more cost effective, convenient and allows for the patient to return home after the procedure.

Most women are able to return to normal activities within 1 to 3 days after LEEP is performed. Recovery time depends on how much was done during the procedure itself.