LEEP or Loop Electrocautery Excision Procedure
Other Types of Cervical Conization
A conizaton of the cervix may be performed using techniques other than the LEEP.
- Cold-knife cone or conization is usually performed under general anesthesia using a knife rather than an electrocautery loop. It frequently requires the use of suture to control bleeding. The cold-knife conization has been largely replaced with the LEEP. Your physician will explain his/her choice of procedure.
- Laser conization is similar to the LEEP and cold-knife conization except the procedure is done using a laser.
Complications from the procedure are unusual. If you experience bleeding more than a light menstrual period after the LEEP, you should contact your physician.
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