Cervical cells grow and shed constantly. Sometimes, these cells can change and become abnormal. The presence of abnormal cells, or dysplasia, can be an early warning that a woman is at risk for developing cervical cancer. If other tests (such as Pap smears, colposcopy, or biopsy) show that you have any abnormal cells on your cervix, your provider may recommend the loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). The LEEP is used to remove the abnormal cells from your cervix and can be performed safely and conveniently right in our office.
After a local anesthetic is administered, a thin wire loop is inserted into the vagina.. Electrical current is applied to the loop, and the loop acts as a scalpel to remove the abnormal tissue. A pathologist then evaluates the tissue.