Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears

Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smears

NCCRM is a well-established institution in the field of reproductive health. Our doctors use advanced technologies to help couples to have children of their own. Of the many tests and abnormal pap smear treatment options we offer our patients, LEEP and cold knife conization, are discussed here.

Why Cold Knife Conization and LEEP Are Used

LEEP or loop electrosurgical excision procedure and cold knife conization are two methods used in case of abnormal pap smears. Either procedure is used to do a biopsy if problems are spotted during a pelvic exam and rule out cervical dysplasia. This condition, if not treated in a timely manner, can result in cervical cancer.

LEEP diagnoses or treats conditions like genital warts, polyps, and DES exposure. All of these conditions indicate a risk of cervical cancer.

Cold knife conization is a method in which the doctor surgically removes a section of tissue (triangular or cone-shaped) for a biopsy. Both abnormal pap smear treatment options are performed at NCCRM and tissues are examined in the lab.

Once the severity of dysplasia is diagnosed, the oncologist will recommend a treatment path. Cold knife conization is more precise as more tissue can be removed compared to LEEP.

Cold Knife Conization Vs. LEEP

The cold knife conization procedure is performed under anesthesia – general or local, based on a patient’s choice. A sizeable amount of tissue from the cervix is excised and sent to the lab for diagnostic results.

In the LEEP method, a wire loop device is inserted into the vagina and abnormal cells from the cervix are taken. The wire loop is powered by a low-voltage current. This is less invasive and easier to perform than conization.

Abnormal Pap Smear Treatment Options at NCCRM

Once the lab makes the diagnosis available, an NCCRM gynecologist/oncologist team talks to the patient. A treatment plan is put in place to treat the patient in case of cervical cancer. Recovering from both procedures takes a bit of time. Talk to your gynecologist at NCCRM about our various GYN procedures for more information on these abnormal pap smear treatment options.


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