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Unread 01-21-2008, 01:25 PM
Going in for LEEP

So I went in for my pre-op appt Fri and the doc told me I had an abnormal pap and cancelled my hysto. He explained to me about cervical cancer and then we did a colpo and biopsy that day. (which was not at all pleasant!) I was ok with that because it all happened so fast and I didn't have time to start worrying about it. But I just got off the phone with the doc himself (I got scared as soon as soon as I heard his voice because I've never had the doc himself call me!) He said the biopsy came back as CIN 3 and we had to do the LEEP. If the border of that biopsy is clean I can have my hysto on Feb 6. If not he said I need my cervix to treat the cancer. So now I have till Feb 4 to worry about this LEEP. Does it hurt? How long does it take? Is it awful? I researched the procedure on the web and it doesn't tell me much, just technical stuff. I need some info from princesses who have been through it! I'm scared to death now!
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Unread 01-21-2008, 02:02 PM
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i'm sorry to hear that you need to have a leep, sarah. will you have general anesthesia? some women do, though i had both of mine while awake. they give you local numbing injections. there can be quite a bit of uterine cramping when they're doing the leep, and i suggest you take ibuprofen beforehand - hopefully the doctor told you to do so! i hope the leep successfully removes all the dysplasia. maybe you won't need the hysterectomy afterwards? i hope everything goes smoothly for you.
Unread 01-22-2008, 09:34 AM

Originally Posted by sarahsmile25
How long does it take? Is it awful? I researched the procedure on the web and it doesn't tell me much, just technical stuff. I need some info from princesses who have been through it! I'm scared to death now!

Hi Sarah,
I had a leep done and it was ok, not any worse than the endometrial biopsies I had. The problem I had is that I was not totally numb, and felt the wand make a pass and that made me jump which is something you do NOT want to do during the procedure. Make sure they numb you up good. Take ibuprofin beforehand.

Something else that surprised me during the procedure is that when they were applying the numbing stuff (I think it was an injection?) my heart began to race, I mean like I was on speed or something, it was crazy. The doc said it's normal but it definitely caught me off guard. Other than that, the procedure took maybe 10 min? Very quick.

Good luck! Positive thoughts to you!
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Unread 01-23-2008, 08:26 AM
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Hi ....I have had 2 LEEPS and they weren't bad for me. It just felt like heavy cramps. Yes - take an ibuprofen beforehand. Also - you may notice a strange discharge a few days later and that is normal. They didn't tell me this and I worried about it. It is the Monsel (sp?)solution they use. So far the Leep have been successful for me. Good luck to you.
Unread 01-23-2008, 11:45 AM
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Thank you all so much for the advice. It helps so much to kind of know what to expect. The dr said I would be awake for the procedure so I'm glad I know now it shouldnt take long. And I will still need my hysto after because I have a prolapsed uterus. (guess I should have put that in to begin with. sorry!) The dr said it would only get worse. But I so appreciate the help and support you all have given me. Thank you so much!
Unread 01-23-2008, 12:59 PM
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The other thing I remembered about the leep is that they put a 'grounding' type pad on your thigh to ground the electric current they'll be using. that just seemed odd (ok, a little worrisome at the time!) to me when it was happening, so i thought i'd give you a heads up that it's a normal part of the procedure. the set up takes longer than the actual procedure, but you'll probably be in the stirrups less than 30 minutes total.

sorry to hear that you'll also have to have a hysterectomy. i hope there's no unexpected results from the leep and that all goes smoothly with your upcoming surgeries and recoveries.
Unread 01-23-2008, 01:39 PM
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Just to add another point of view..

I had a hysterectomy to avoid having to deal with LEEPS because of bad paps. If you were planning on having a total hyster why go through the pain and issue of a leep when your cervix is going to be removed anyways?
Unread 01-23-2008, 07:35 PM
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A LEEP is like a pap basically.. although it's a little bit un-nerving hearing the machine & seeing (very little) smoke. Sometimes Dr. will suggest taking something before the procedure (ask your Dr. but I think maybe a Motrin or something like that..) I've gone through a few procedures myself & it's scary not knowing, but having been there, it's not as horrible as you may think.. It's as uncomfortable as a pap..
Unread 01-24-2008, 07:58 PM
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In response to ekkorose.... I asked that exact same question! The dr said he wants to make sure the cancer has not spread before I have my hysto. If the borders of the biopsy he takes from the LEEP are clear of cancer I can have my surgery. If they're not then the best way to treat the cancer is to put some kind of plastic-type sheath over my cervix to deliver localized radiation or something like that. To tell the truth, when he was telling me that, I wasn't paying much attention because he had just told me about the abnormal pap. So I am well and truly confused about all that. LOL I figured I'd cross that road if I got there.

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