Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a surgical method of removing tissue from the cervix using a fine loop of wire. The wire is heated with an electric current until it is extremely hot and can cut through tissue.
LEEP can be used to take a sample of tissue for a biopsy and diagnosis or to remove tissue.
The woman usually takes ibuprofen or a similar medicine before the procedure and has a local anesthetic applied to the cervix.
Primary Medical ReviewerSarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 12, 2014
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