Patients undergoing a loop electrosurgical excision procedure are often a bit nervous beforehand. Although the name of this treatment may seem rather intimidating, the entire process is really quite simple and painless.
To begin, the patient will be asked to lie on their back and place the heels of their feet in the stirrups at the end of the examination table, just as they would do at a routine gynecologic appointment. Once positioned, your OBGYN will insert a speculum to widen the opening of the vagina enough to get a clear visual of the cervix. A colposcope will also be used to help magnify the treatment area. The area is then numbed using a local anesthetic so that the patient does not feel any discomfort during their LEEP.
The device used to extract the cervical cells consists of a thin wire with a loop around the end. Your OBGYN will treat any abnormal cells by wrapping the loop around them, and then using the electricity that’s passed through the wire to remove these cells.