The loop electrosurgical excision procedure
(LEEP) is used when a patient's Pap smear indicates the
presence of abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix.
The presence of abnormal cells does not mean the patient has
cancer, but treatment of the abnormal area is important to
prevent the cells from developing into cervical cancer.
LEEP uses a thin wire loop electrode attached to an
The generator transmits a painless electrical current that
quickly cuts away the affected cervical tissue in the immediate
area of the loop wire. This causes the abnormal cells to rapidly heat and burst, and
separates the tissue as the loop wire moves through the cervix.
This technique allows the patient's physician to send excised
tissue to the lab for further evaluation. This insures the lesion was completely removed, as well as
allowing for a more accurate assessment of the abnormal area.
For more information, speak with your gynecologist or primary