Loop Electro Excision Procedure (LEEP)

What is Loop Electro Excision Procedure (LEEP)? 

The Loop Electro-Excision Procedure (LEEP) is a minor surgical procedure used to treat cervical dysplasia and conditions like genital warts and polyps. This condition occurs when the cells of the cervix change and become abnormal. When the cells of the cervix become abnormal, they may become cancerous. In order to prevent cancer from forming, these abnormal cells need to be removed. 

Why is LEEP Performed? 

The Loop Electro-Excision Procedure removes the abnormal cells from the cervix by applying an electrical current to them with a thin wire loop. While the procedure is different from a standard surgical procedure, it is performed in a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia and involves an incision into the body. 

How is LEEP Performed?  

The Loop Electro-Excision Procedure, or LEEP, is used to treat a variety of precancerous growths and cancers of the cervix. The procedure is performed by inserting a wire loop into the cervix. The loop is electrified and cuts away a small sample of tissue for biopsy. If the test results are positive for cancer, the sample may be analyzed further to determine how much tissue should be removed. LEEP is also used to treat non-cancerous conditions. In some cases, it can resolve the condition without treatment. Other conditions require LEEP to remove abnormal tissue that interferes with reproductive health or causes symptoms such as pain or bleeding during sex. 

Advantages of Loop Electro Excision Procedure 

Advantages of LEEP include, 

  • Low complication rate 
  • Minimum size of the wound 
  • No scarring 
  • Easier to treat small areas 
  • Quick recovery time 
  • Lower risk of infection compared to other treatments 
  • Local anesthesia has fewer side effects than general anesthesia 
  • Most women can return home immediately after their LEEP, and they may resume normal activities within 24 hours of the procedure 
  • High accuracy. The loop electrode takes an accurate and precise view of the area being treated. The surgeon can see exactly what tissue is being cutaway 

Loop Electro Excision Procedure has become the gold standard in treating precancerous or cancerous lesions of the cervix. If you suffer from a precancerous or cancerous condition of your cervix, talk with your Gynecologist about this treatment option. 


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Dr. Mayada Thamir Younis

Consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology

Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi


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