David L. Greenspan, MD
OB-GYN located in Phoenix, AZ
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (or LEEP) is an advanced technique done with local injection of lidocaine, used to treat precancerous lesions of the cervix so as to prevent progression to cancer. Tissue specimen is sent for microscopic examination by a pathologist. The procedure takes less than 20 minutes, and it can play an important role in helping you stay healthy. Dr. David L. Greenspan performs LEEP as an outpatient procedure at his Phoenix OB/GYN practice, where he uses state-of-the-art technology for the most accurate results. Contact David L. Greenspan, MD, and make your appointment to learn more about LEEP procedures.
LEEP Procedure Q & A
What is LEEP?
LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure, a minimally-invasive technique that’s used to remove genital warts or to obtain tissue samples for evaluation under a microscope. It uses electric current to remove cells and tissue when Dr. Greenspan detects abnormal or cancerous conditions. Dr. Greenspan may detect these cervical or vaginal problems during a pelvic exam, or from the abnormal results of a Pap test.
The LEEP technique uses a thin wire loop that carries a mild electrical current to excise well-defined areas of tissue. This tissue will be sent to the lab for testing.
LEEP is performed in the office as an outpatient procedure, and it takes less than 20 minutes.
What causes genital warts?
Genital warts are caused by a viral infection involving the human papillomavirus, a family of very common viruses. Most HPV infections clear up on their own, but sometimes, the virus persists and causes genital warts, fleshy lumps or bumps that form around your vagina, vulva, or anus. Warts can’t be cured, but when they flare up and cause painful symptoms, they can be removed using freezing, topical solutions or removal
How will I feel after my procedure?
You’ll be able to go home soon after LEEP, and you’ll be able to resume most of your normal activities within the next day or two.
You’ll need to avoid douching and sexual intercourse while the area heals, which typically takes up to 3 weeks.
Most women experience some minor cramping, light bleeding or spotting, and vaginal discharge for a few days to a couple of weeks, and during this time, you’ll need to use pads, not tampons, to reduce the risk of infection.
Be sure to discuss any concerns with Dr. Greenspan before the procedure. His compassionate team will be able to ease concerns that may arise pre- and post-procedure.