LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. This procedure may be recommended for patients who have had an abnormal colposcopy result. A LEEP is performed by using a thin, low voltage wire to remove abnormal cells or tissue. Most of our patients elect to receive anesthesia for this procedure. You will meet with a healthcare provider to receive information about aftercare following your LEEP. It is normal to expect light bleeding and mild cramping. Please refrain from sexual intercourse, tampon use, and douching for three weeks following the LEEP.
Having an annual health care visit is a great opportunity to take charge of your health. A well/annual visit provides an excellent opportunity to discuss methods of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and minimizing health risks. Physicians have an opportunity to contribute to your overall health and well-being by providing recommended preventive care and counseling or refer for recommended services. Routine health care visits can help find problems early or prevent health problems before they occur. If problems are found early, they may be easier to treat and less likely to pose serious risks to your health. These assessments should include screening, evaluation/counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors.
A key component of a well/annual visit for a reproductive-aged patient is the development and discussion of a reproductive life plan to ensure that medical testing and treatments provided are aligned with the patient’s current and future plans. A discussion of a reproductive life plan may include pre-pregnancy counseling, infertility assessment, or the full range of contraceptive options. Routine screening for gynecological diseases or conditions are equally as important, and periodic well/annual visits are appropriate and necessary for perimenopausal and postmenopausal patients as well.