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Unread 12-17-2002, 11:33 AM
Re: You have all of my sympathy!!!!

Originally posted by Shoshi
I received my notice of severe dysplasia/carcinoma via certified mail so I opened it at the post office and nearly toppled over.

Oh Patsy, how awful! Bless your heart!

I had the LEEP done, It was at the hospital under general anesthesia.

This is what they are going to do to me. I am going to have it done in the hospital versus the gyn's office because he said they were "set up for it better" over at the hospital.

I was so panicked and anxious and didn't know about this site and in my previous searches on the internet never uncovered it.

Me either. I found this site through another CC message board, and am so fortunate to have done so.

LEEP is an electrified loop which means there is less bleeding as it cauterizes while it takes the tissue BUT a Cold Knife Cone leaves the margins undamaged by heat thusly giving (what I think) is a more accurate measure of the dysplasia via pathology, however I have heard you do bleed some.

Interesting take on that. My gyn never even mentioned the cone to me. He just simply said that he usually performed a LEEP on cases such as mine. I do have another question, though. Does the LEEP remove the transitional space around the cervical os? Does it remove it completely? Isn't that what the Cone does? This is one question I have not been able to find the answer to.

I wish you the best. You have come to the right place. The Sisters are here for you.

You gals are lifesavers! I always feel so much better when I come and read with you.

Email me anytime, and meanwhile....take care of yourself! Thanks again for your reply....

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Unread 12-17-2002, 12:06 PM
Cold Knife Cone


The CKC is an older operation which has pretty much been replaced by the LEEP but it is still performed by some. My aunt said that they 'stuffed her with gauze' after her cone. But it does make sense that a CKC doesn't destroy all of the pathology. I imagine the cone is a more difficult procedure for the doc as well AND your recovery time will probably be longer. I went in on Friday for my LEEP and was at work Monday. I had no pain/cramps, no discharge, nothing. My colposcopy hurt more!

As for being notified about my pap. It was a punch in the gut, and I was mad at how I was notified but now, looking back the doctor also was protecting herself. I don't know why she didn't call me first and then send a certified letter too! There are others out there who will tell you they had an abnormal pap and never received notification at all so even though I got it between the eyes at least the doctor cared enough to spend the $1.25 to send it certified to make sure I was aware of it.

Either way it's done, I'm healthy (just had a negative pap), had a very easy recovery after my hyst and my HRT has worked well from the get-go as it does for the majority of hyst. patients.

Also, with all of my reading on CIS/CINIII and cone biopsies, it says that recurrence is only in 10-15% which is pretty good odds.

I know that the tissue removed through cone doesn't 'regrow' it just heals. I don't think anything gets shortened but I have heard that sometimes, and I stress only sometimes it can make a pregnancy more difficult to carry because the cervix is weakened a little by a cone biopsy. I know several women who have conceived and carried babies without a hitch after a cone.

Unread 12-17-2002, 02:12 PM
Re: Re: You have all of my sympathy!!!!

Does the LEEP remove the entire transformation zone around the cervical os? Does it remove it completely? Isn't that what the Cone does? This is one question I have not been able to find the answer to.

Is this the $64,000,000 of the year??
Please, if someone knows the answer to this it here for me, or email me privately.

Thanks so much...
s to all!

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