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LEEP Preoperative and Postoperative Instructions

There are a number of important things you should know if you are having a loop electrosurgical excision or LEEP procedure. Please read this preoperative and postoperative instructions.

Preoperative Instructions

  • On the day of the procedure, DO NOT apply any lotions or creams to the upper thigh. (This includes suntan lotions, oils, etc.)
  • If upper left thigh is extremely hairy, please shave that area the day of the procedure.
  • Eat breakfast or lunch.
  • If you are not allergic to ibuprofen, you may take 4 tablets (200 mg each) 2 hours before your appointment time.
  • This procedure cannot be done during a heavy menstrual period or if you are pregnant. Spotting is all right. PLEASE call the office if either of these conditions occurs.
  • DO NOT bring any small children with you, unless another adult is present to watch them during your procedure.
  • Bring someone with you to drive you home after the procedure.

Postoperative Instructions

  • Call Lifestages (277-8988) for an appointment 4 weeks from the day of your procedure.
  • Recovery time varies with each patient, but many can return to work the next day.
  • Refrain from sexual intercourse, douching and tampons for 4 weeks.
  • Avoid heavy lifting or stressful exercise for 2 weeks.
  • Spotting may continue for 4 weeks.
  • A brownish-black discharge for 1 to 2 weeks is normal.
  • Call Lifestages (277-8988) for an appointment in 3 to 4 months for a Pap smear test and/or a repeat colposcopy.
  • Use condoms for 3 months.

Call Lifestages (277-8988) immediately if you have:

  • Heavy bleeding (soaking a sanitary napkin every 3 hours).
  • A persistent, foul-smelling discharge
  • Fever or pelvic pain
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