- If symptoms continue after antibiotic therapy, the inflamed area of the cervix may be cauterized by electrocoagulation (heat), cryotherapy (freezing), or laser treatment to destroy the infected tissue. Such therapies are rarely used because antibiotics are highly effective in treating cervicitis, and surgeries can cause complications such as cervical stenosis (closed opening) and cervical incompetence (weak cervix that can open in pregnancy and lead to premature birth).
- If you have prolonged or repeated bouts of cervicitis, your doctor may recommend a procedure designed to destroy the abnormal cells on the surface of your cervix. The most common procedures are cautery (heat therapy), cryosurgery (freeze therapy), or laser treatment. Again, such therapies are infrequently used.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/9/2012
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