Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a surgical method of removing tissue from the cervix using a fine loop of wire. The wire is heated with an electric current until it is extremely hot and can cut through tissue.

LEEP can be used to take a sample of tissue for a biopsy and diagnosis or to remove tissue in a treatment procedure.

The patient usually takes ibuprofen or a similar medication before the procedure and has a local anesthetic applied to the cervix.

Last Updated: January 5, 2009

Author: Sandy Jocoy, RN

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Kevin Holcomb, MD - Gynecologic Oncology

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