Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
Why is LEEP Performed?
LEEP is both a diagnostic tool and a form of treatment. Removing the tissue for testing often cures cervical dysplasia by eliminating the abnormal cells. The tissue that is removed will be sent to a lab. Your physician will let you know the results when the testing is complete. In some instances, you may need a repeat procedure to remove all the cells completely.
A hysterectomy is a major surgery to remove your uterus that should never be the first-line treatment for treating abnormal cell growths. Your provider may recommend a hysterectomy if you have more advanced cervical dysplasia, and additional LEEPs or related procedures haven’t prevented abnormal cells from recurring.
What Happens If Abnormal Cells Are Detected?
LEEP may also be used to assist in the diagnosis or treatment of the following conditions: