(Closed) Has anyone had a LEEP done before? (Removes abnormal cervical cells)

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I might need one. When for my first colposcopy exam in January. 

*sigh*… I was thinking about asking other bee’s if they’ve had them before. I haven’t felt right since. 

ETA: Sorry, I’m not much help….

Post # 5
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Busy bee

Awww :(. I go for my first colposcopy in March. Is the LEEP the same as a cone Biopsy?

Sorry I can’t be much help either :'(

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had this done about 7 years ago. (Sometimes it feels like every procedure someone asks about I’ve had it done. Getting older sucks. ) I remember it was pretty uncomfortable for about 1 minute during the procedure, but I didn’t feel anything the rest of the time. Afterwards I had some bad cramping. I went with my mom but she can’t drive so I had to drive home and I remember that drive rather unpleasantly. Your experience may be different but it may help if you have someone to drive you home. I was bleeding lightly and on pain killers for about 24 hours. Also wasn’t allowed to have sex or use tampons for a few weeks, your doctor will tell you how long. Good luck.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had to have diathermy to remove abnormal cells back in December 2009. I then had 6 monthly pap-smears, now down to 1 year and then in Dec 2011 if all clear im back to square.

If you can, go for the general anaesthetic – I had no pain, nothing. I went in at 7am and I was home by 11:30 (back in bed, apparently general screws with your reactions and short term memory – it felt like the world was going 1000 miles an hour!).

Some good questions to ask your surgeon:

– can you draw me a picture of how much you are removing (for me it was about 1/4 of my cervix).

– will this stop me carrying a child to full term

– what happens if the cells dont go away and we have to remove them again? how many times can you safely do this surgery?

I did a post back when I had to go in, and there was a lot of good advice from the other bees – im not sure how to link back to it?

Wait – im a technological genius:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/abnormal-pap-test-and-colposcopy

Good luck and please remember – these abnormal cells are Seriously slow growing!

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Can you have someone in the room with you during the procedure? 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had it down about 5-6 years ago. They put me to sleep so of course I didn’t feel anything.. Afterwards they gave me some pain pills to get filled, and I slept the entire evening & night.. There was some minor cramping for the first few days and some majorly funky “spotting” for a few days.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

All this talk of funky smells is weirding me out o_O

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I had a LEEP procedure done and I was awake for it. They numb you and then its just like any other pelvic exam from what I remember -it wasn’t horribly painful. I did get a ride home afterwards which I recommneded, then I just laid in bed watching movies for the day. The worst part was not being able to have sex for a month!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Sunshine23: Oh, one more little detail I remembered. They make you take a pregnancy test before to make sure you’re not. I didn’t know this and had just peed 5 minutes before they called me, so I had to sit there and drink several bottles of water for half an hour till I could go again. I remember the nurses getting impatient and annoyed with me cause I just couldn’t go.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I had a LEEP procedure done to remove abnormal cervix cells about 4 years ago.  It was slightly uncomfortable and the actual procedure took about 10 mins. I was definitely awake for it – but he did let me listen to my iPod! This might be Too Much Information, but I did get an infection after and had to take some special medicine. I think I also still have some scar tissue. I have asked questions about having children because I do want to have kids someday and she said the only problem I might have is not dilating fast enough or something. It didn’t sound like a big deal.

After the procedure, I had to get pap smears every 3 months for a year, then every 6 months for a year and then back to once every year. I guess gynos are recommending healthy women get a pap smear every other year now, but not the lucky ones who have had abnormal test results. We still have to get them every year until we’ve gotten “clean” results for 20 years. *sigh*.

<edit> Oh yeah – I forgot about the discharge smell and vinegar stuff they spray down there before. Yeah, just wait it out. It’s only for a week or so and then things will get back to normal.

I hope this helps. Feel free to PM me with any specific questions. You will do fine!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Just to clarify a point:  a LEEP is not the same as a cone biopsy.  They are done for the same purpose, but a LEEP uses an electrical loop of wire to scoop out the abnormal cells, whereas a cone biopsy uses an actual scalpel.  LEEPs are much more common than cone biopsies these days.

Good luck Sunshine.  From what I’ve seen, the recovery isn’t that bad, and I’ve never seen a patient in much pain.  They’ll numb the cervix, so you’ll feel the needle for that (just for a moment), but then you shouldn’t feel much if anything during the procedure.  Every patient I saw walked out of there fine.

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