Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) (cont.)
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The most common side effects of the procedure are mild pain and cramping that may occur over the first few hours after the procedure. Spotting and vaginal discharge may occur and persist for up to a few weeks. Sexual intercourse and tampon use should be avoided for a time to allow better healing. Douching should also be avoided.
The removed tissue will be sent to the laboratory for microscopic analysis by a pathologist to determine if the abnormal areas were completely removed. This analysis may take several days to complete.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
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