Leep Procedure

Frequently Asked LEEP Procedure Questions

What is a LEEP procedure?


If your pap test has revealed abnormal cells in your cervix, called dysplasia, your doctor may recommend the LEEP procedure in order to remove those abnormal cells. The LEEP procedure is a 20-30 minute office procedure that allows your doctor to remove the abnormal tissue from your cervix using a fine wire loop with electric current. Not all dysplasia is cancer, but could lead to cervical cancer if you do not get early treatment.

How much does the LEEP procedure cost?


Please check with your insurance company to find out your benefits and if required to precertify with them. The following are the insurance codes that the insurance company would ask you for:
Procedure Code: 57461
Diagnosis Code: 622.1- Cervical Dysplasia

What should I expect during my LEEP procedure visit?
  • Before the procedure begins, you will be asked to sign a consent form regarding the understanding of the procedure.
  • The procedure will begin similar to that of a pap smear with your feet placed in stirrups and the speculum placed into the vagina.
  • Your cervix will then be numbed, using a small needle, with a local anesthetic. This anesthetic also helps reduce bleeding. Your provider will then apply a solution to the outside of the cervix to make any abnormal areas stand out or become more visible.
  • Using a colposcope, or special magnifying instrument on the outside of the vagina, your doctor will view your cervix.
  • Using a fine wire loop with an electric current, your provider is able to pass through the cervix removing the abnormal tissue. You may feel some pressure or cramping during this time. The electric current is used to seal the blood vessels so there is very little bleeding during the process.
  • The procedure itself is now done, and a small amount of medication may be used to reduce any bleeding from the cervix.
  • The tissue sample is sent to the lab for examination.
What if I have my period on the day of the LEEP procedure?


If you get your period or are spotting, please notify our office. We are unable to perform this procedure if we cannot see your cervix.

Will the LEEP procedure be painful?


If you are not allergic to Advil or Tylenol, it is recommended that you take either (2) Advil or (2) Tylenol one hour before the procedure.

How can I prepare for the LEEP procedure?


Do not use any type of skin lotion on your legs the day of the procedure. Keep your eating routine normal. You should try to eat before the procedure. If you are not allergic to Advil or Tylenol, it is recommended that you take either (2) Advil or (2) Tylenol one hour before the procedure. If you get your period or are spotting, please notify our office. We are unable to perform this procedure if we cannot see your cervix. If you did not receive your expected period prior to this procedure, you must call and notify our office.

Can I resume normal activities after the LEEP procedure?


Refrain from intercourse for 2 weeks. Refrain from tampon use for 5 days. If bleeding, avoid lifting anything heavier than 25 lb for a few days. You may have spotting or a brownish-black discharge for 3 days to 2 weeks following the procedure.

Will I have bleeding after the LEEP procedure?
  • You may have spotting or a brownish-black discharge for 3 days to 2 weeks following the procedure.
  • If you are soaking a pad in an hour or less and passing large clots, call the office.
  • If you have discharge with an odor, you may gently douche using a solution of 1 Tbsp vinegar in 1 Qt water twice a day for 5 days starting 2 weeks after the procedure.
  • If odor persists, call the office.
  • If you have pelvic or abdominal cramping, you may take Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, or Tylenol provided no allergies to these.
  • If you experience persistent, severe abdominal pain, call the office.
  • If you experience a temperature above 100 degrees, call the office.
When do I follow up after the LEEP procedure?


Your physician may ask you to make a follow up appointment in 2-4 weeks to check your cervix. You will need a follow up appointment in 6-12 months for a repeat pap smear or as specified by your physician.

Source: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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