Cervical Cone Biopsy
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
A cervical cone biopsy is surgery to remove abnormal cells from your cervix. The cervix is the opening into your uterus. Once the cells are removed, they are sent to a lab to be tested for cancer.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
- Antibiotics: Antibiotics may be given to help prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:
You may need to return to make sure your cervix is healing. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Ask how to care for your wound. Do not use tampons or have sex for 2 to 3 weeks after your surgery. Do not douche during this time.
- Practice safe sex: Use a condom when you have sex. Do not have sex with more than one partner. This may decrease your risk for a sexually transmitted infection, such as HPV, and abnormal cervical cells.
- Vaccination: Ask your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist for more information about the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV). The HPV vaccine may help decrease your risk for an HPV infection and abnormal cervical cells.
- Pregnancy: Talk with your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist if you want to become pregnant. A cervical cone biopsy may increase the risk that you deliver your baby early. You may need more care during a future pregnancy to help prevent problems.
- Do not smoke: If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. If you smoke, it may take longer for your wounds to heal. Smoking also increases the risk of abnormal cells in your cervix. Ask for information if you need help quitting.
Contact your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have new or increased pain in your lower abdomen and pelvic area.
- You have vaginal bleeding, and it is not time for your monthly period.
- You feel pain when you urinate, or your urine looks cloudy.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have white or yellow vaginal discharge.
- You have more vaginal bleeding than you were told to expect.
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