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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure


A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is used to remove abnormal tissue from your cervix or vagina. Your cervix is the opening of your uterus. Your healthcare provider will use a small wire loop that is heated by an electrical current to remove the tissue.



You may need any of the following:

  • Acetaminophen decreases pain. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to take and how often to take it. Follow directions. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
  • NSAIDs decrease pain and swelling. This medicine is available without a doctor's order. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions on it before you use this medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your 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 healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.

Vaginal care:

It is normal to have mild cramping, spotting, or discharge for several days after your procedure. You may also have a thin, watery discharge for up to 4 weeks after your procedure. Use a clean sanitary pad as needed. Do not use tampons, douche, or have sex until your healthcare provider or gynecologist says that it is okay.


Do not take a bath or use a hot tub for 2 weeks after your procedure, or as directed by your healthcare provider or gynecologist. You may shower during this time.

Contact your healthcare provider or gynecologist if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • Your pad becomes soaked with blood.
  • You have foul-smelling drainage from your vagina.
  • You have pain when you urinate or have sex.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have heavy bleeding from your vagina.
  • You have severe abdominal or vaginal pain that does not go away, even after you take pain medicine.
  • You are urinating less than before your procedure.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.