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Unread 01-31-2008, 10:45 AM
LEEP procedure after partial hysterectomy

I had a partial hysterectomy on December 19th (just removal of uterus). Before my surgery I was having VERY bad periods, pain and spotting for 3 weeks out of the month. After the surgery I continued to spot which I figured was normal and my doctor confirmed that at my 3 week check up. I'm still having spotting. The spotting goes on for two weeks and then i have heavier days as if I was on my period. My doctor told me at my check up that if it continued that they could do a LEEP procedure.

My check up was January 3rd. Should I call him and let him know what's going on or should I give it more time? I was so looking forward to no more periods...I guess it's just my curse Is the LEEP procedure something to worry about?
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Unread 01-31-2008, 11:50 AM
LEEP procedure after partial hysterectomy

Hi (((thowie))) Just to clarify... by partial hysterectomy, do you mean you kept your cervix? Or was it a total hysterectomy (removal of uterus including cervix), leaving the ovaries?

If it was a total hysterectomy but you kept your ovaries, you may continue to spot for up to about six to eight weeks. I had a TVH and bled heavily the first couple of days, then spotted until about four weeks and again during the sixth week when the stitches were dissolving. That was all completely normal.

If you had a partial hysterectomy (ie kept your cervix) and kept your ovaries, you may expect to have, in addition to the normal post-op spotting, what are called "mini-periods" monthly as long as your ovaries are functioning. That sounds like what you may be experiencing. If you kept your cervix and ovaries, your DR should have informed you ahead of time that this could happen.

Some women find that the mini-periods gradually lighten with time; some opt to go back and either have the cervix cauterized or cored, or removed entirely. Perhaps your DR is thinking of doing a LEEP to take care of this, although usually the LEEP term is used in the context of removing abnormal cells from the cervix:


I have not had a LEEP done, but understand that it isn't too bad - perhaps someone with personal experience will stop in and share.

I hope this helps.
Unread 01-31-2008, 12:32 PM
LEEP procedure after partial hysterectomy

I kept my cervix and ovaries. My doctor did explain that I could have mini periods. That would be ok if it only went on for a few days....not over two weeks. Needless to say it doesn't make my husband very happy.
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Unread 01-31-2008, 04:53 PM
LEEP procedure after partial hysterectomy


I'm sorry you're experiencing this ~ I don't have any experience of LEEP procedures, but I can comment on mini-periods.

I kept my cervix and ovaries and was told to expect mini-periods (as my cervix wasn't cauterised) but not until about 3-4 months post-op. The first one showed up at about 10 weeks post-op.

The longest it has ever lasted was about 48 hours and that was in the first 6 months. Now, it's just the tiniest amount of spotting for about 24 hours, that doesn't even require a liner.

If your spotting has continued pretty much since surgery then I think mini-periods are unlikely to be a component ~ at least not compared with my experience and understanding of them. I'm only guessing, but it almost sounds as if you've not healed properly. I've also not heard of a LEEP procedure being used to treat/prevent mini-periods ~ it's usually cauterisation of the cervix. But that's only my understanding of it.

Some ladies do have problems with bleeding following surgery ~ especially in the early weeks ~ but I think it would be a good idea to call your doctor again as you shouldn't have experienced continuous spotting/bleeding since surgery. Perhaps you could also ask for more details about the LEEP procedure and his reasons for doing it?

Will you let us know what you find out? Whatever the diagnosis, I hope it all improves for you very soon. Take care!

Unread 01-31-2008, 10:26 PM
LEEP procedure after partial hysterectomy

Thanks for your response. I will call them on Monday when their back in the office. It is very frustrating. As soon as I find out more info, I'll let you know. Thanks for the support. This board has been so valuable before and after the surgery.

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