It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 07-14-2003, 02:03 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 2
zonagirl17 HB User
Post Leep Procedure

Hello!
I found this board two weeks before my Leep procedure. I read every posting for about two hours, which included the good and the bad experiences. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who shared your experience, I was more prepared than ever going into the doctor's office. My Leep was on Thursday, July 10 and I would like to share my experience for those of you needing to go in for one.

My husband and I went to the Air Force Academy hospital and checked in at the Ob/gyn clinic. The nurse took me back and took my blood pressure and asked if I had taken the pregnancy test beforehand. I did and it was negative.

Next my husband and I sat down with the doctor and he explained the procedure to me. I had written down five questions that I had to ask him before I agreed to the procedure. They were as follows:
1. How will this effect my chances of becoming pregnant and carrying to term. He answered this very honestly and said that of course there were risks involved. He was going to take off small slivers instead of a big deep chunk in order to keep the bleeding down and to prevent him from going too deep.
2. How long will I have to wait until I get pregnant. He told me that he would prefer that I wait until after my next pap smear, which is scheduled in 4 months. He'd like to get me in the green from dysplasia before I try for kids.
3. I was told I have a small cervix. Will you be taking more tissue away from my small cervix. Again, he told me that he would be taking 10-12 small slivers so that he doesn't cut too deep, and my cervix should be fine.
4. I didn't get any pain medication after the colposcopy and I needed it because the cramping was unbearable. He prescribed me vicodin.
5. Will I be able to swim on my swim team soon? He told me to wait a month

So I was satisfied with his answers, and he definitely put me at ease in his willingness to talk to me for 30 minutes beforehand!

I had to undress from the waist down and lay on the table with my feet in the stirrups. Relaxing was the biggest thing my nurse told me in order to make it easier on everyone. The speculum was insterted and the large sticky pad was placed on my thigh. He examined me again with the colposcope and told me everything he was about to do. They let me listen to the LEEP machine beforehand, and it sounds just like a dentist's drill. I saw the loop used as well, and it was very small. The first injection of local was the worst of it all. I could feel the pinch, just like a biopsy pinch. After the first injection I couldn't feel anything at all. The medicine went straight to my heart and I started shaking quite a bit, but it only lasted for 1-2 minutes. I only felt the doctor move the speculum. I couldn't feel anything else. He showed me a sliver he took out, and it was about the size of a small paperclip. The procedure took about 20 minutes because he was very thorough and wanted to make sure he didn't go too deep. He cauterized me and then put that mustard type stuff in to stop the bleeding. When he took the speculum out, the mustard stuff had dried on it and it felt like he was ripping it out of me, which hurt for a brief instant. In my opinion, this procedure hurt less than the colposcopy. I had less bleeding, and he took less tissue it seemed.

I laid in bed and watched girlie movies and ate ice cream afterwards and felt just fine the next day after a good night sleep. I think I could finally relax after the whole ordeal was over.

Good luck to those who will be going through a leep-I will be thinking of you.


 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 07-24-2003, 07:40 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: NYC,USA
Posts: 125
MrsKramden HB User
Post

I had the LEEP three weeks ago.

My gynecologist is also a professor who teaches LEEP, so he is basically an expert in the procedure.

In my gynecologist's office, I had the LEEP. This procedure was like a long , extended internal exam.It took 20 minutes. I had the local anasthetic - the needles do pinch. I didn't think I'd feel the needle-thought it would seem more like novacaine needles but it was pinchy.

I didn't feel anything. I was very calm after my cervix was numbed.While he was doing the LEEP,it felt like my cervix was being painted with warm liquid.That's the sensation I felt.

My experience was one in which there was A LOT of smoke in the room afterward. My throat was drying out from it - it smelled like someone was burning paper in the room.

A physician's assistant assisted my gyne with the procedure. She was a doll and she held my hand, talked to me and my gyne spoke some during but more after the procedure.

This was for CIN II. My cervix looked really bad 13 months ago and colposcopys and PAPs were coming back normal than finanlly in May a year and month later)-abnormal cells.

I am so thankful for this procedure !

 
Old 07-28-2003, 08:04 AM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Lindenwold, New Jersey, USA
Posts: 4
BabyGirl03 HB User
Post

i had a leep done about a week ago. i was diagnosed with dyslasia about a week before graduating high school. it was devestating. the colposcopy was very painful to me, i passed out in the middle of it. they put me to sleep for the leep. i am still in slight pain, nothing big enough for pain medication though. i am very dissappointed that my doctor didnt send me home from the leep with any medication though. i realle needed it the first 3 days.

 
Old 08-17-2003, 02:35 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Lenexa Kansas , United States
Posts: 88
Carrie830 HB User
Unhappy

Ok everybody My Leep is going to be on August.29th,
and I'm really scared. I'm having it done in the Doctor's office with only a local. Can someone who has had it done like this please explain what happens! I can't even sleep at night, someone please respond!

 
Old 08-18-2003, 09:55 AM   #5
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 954
PaNik5717 HB User
Post

Hi Carrie

I had the LEEP done in my doctor's office in May. I have heard that they sometimes have you take a painkiller ahead of time or give you something for anxiety. Mine was spur of the moment because I was moving, so I didn't have either. If you are so anxious that you aren't sleeping, maybe you should call your doc and discuss your concerns.

I think the colpo with biopsies hurt more than the LEEP and I bled more with the biopsies. The LEEP starts a lot like the colpo. They put a sticky electrode-like pad on your leg and make you sign some papers about the risks. They use a slightly bigger speculum which hurt me because I am a pretty small girl. They also use the same vinegar solution to change the way your cervix looks under the light and I think that stings a little. Then, they give the local. Mine was lidocaine with epinephrine. The lidocaine (not sure how to spell that) is what the dentists use and the epinephrine slows bleeding. Most women say that the shot hurts the worst, but I didn't really feel it. My nurse was totally shocked. After the shot, you can feel movement outside and around the cervix, but you can't feel them cutting off your cervix. Not sure if it is the same for everyone, but that little disc of tissue that they show on the handouts looks little and mine was not. Mine looked really big when they took it out and put it in the specimen cup. As they cut it out, it burns the edge and the smell of burning flesh can be shocking. Usually, they use something to suck that out.

I was still shaking from the epineprhine so my mom drove me home. I could feel some pressure, but no real pain. I didn't really bleed for the first two weeks. I had some strange fluids coming out. Mostly, it's normal unless it is bright and smelly. It's really a good idea to take it easy and follow the instructions so that you don't have any complications. I felt good enough that it was tough to restrain myself, but I kept remembering how much tissue they took out of me and that it had to grow back.

I had a follow-up at two weeks and the doc rubbed something on the wound and then I started to bleed a little. I have my first follow-up pap today, but the margins of the section they took were clear which is a good sign.

Good luck with yours. We'll be thinking about you on the 29th.

[This message has been edited by PaNik5717 (edited 08-18-2003).]
__________________
Total abdominal hysterectomy at age 26 due to abnormal bleeding. Kept ovaries.

 
Old 08-18-2003, 02:33 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Lenexa Kansas , United States
Posts: 88
Carrie830 HB User
Post

Thanks so much for the reply, made me feel alittle better, just waiting on the 29th to come and go! I can't wait til i can post my experience after getting mine. The lidicaine i think scares me alittle more then the Procedure, just sounds scarey all the shakin and the fast heartbeat! If anyone else would like to reply please do so and thanks again so much PaNik5717

 
Old 08-20-2003, 12:43 PM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: sm, ca, usa
Posts: 2
Alejandra HB User
Thumbs up

I looked at this message board the night before my LEEP and swore to myself that I would return after to comment. I read one particular post that scared me so bad I had to turn off the computer so I wouldn't faint. My LEEP was 6 days ago and I want to let anyone know who is about to have one not to worry (I wish I could have read this myself a week ago). I had the procedure in my doctors office with nothing but local numbing and a tranquilizer. Make sure to ask your doctor to talk you through everything (it calms you). It was over in about 30 minutes, there was no smoke (she had a machine to suck it up), there was no smell of burning flesh (like I had read) and no pain. The weirdest part was the shaking and heart palpitations caused by the shot which subsided in like a minute. I spent the night resting comfortably (no cramps..nothing). The one advise that I can give is that since my experience was so great I did not rest very much the next couple of days. 3 days after my surgery I began to feel very exhasted and fatigued. I have taken some days off to do what I should've done right after which is rest and eat well. I know that because the wound is internal it is easy to forget that your body is hurt and weak but don't hesitate to stay in bed for a day after. It is a worth not having to do it like me....a week later. By the way, I am still discharging and bleeding lightly after 6 days...stock up on pantiliners,ice cream and friends.

Good luck, don't worry and ask questions...

 
Old 08-20-2003, 12:45 PM   #8
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: sm, ca, usa
Posts: 2
Alejandra HB User
Thumbs up

I looked at this message board the night before my LEEP and swore to myself that I would return after to comment. I read one particular post that scared me so bad I had to turn off the computer so I wouldn't faint. My LEEP was 6 days ago and I want to let anyone know who is about to have one not to worry (I wish I could have read this myself a week ago). I had the procedure in my doctors office with nothing but local numbing and a tranquilizer. Make sure to ask your doctor to talk you through everything (it calms you). It was over in about 30 minutes, there was no smoke (she had a machine to suck it up), there was no smell of burning flesh (like I had read) and no pain. The weirdest part was the shaking and heart palpitations caused by the shot which subsided in like a minute. I spent the night resting comfortably (no cramps..nothing). The one advise that I can give is that since my experience was so great I did not rest very much the next couple of days. 3 days after my surgery I began to feel very exhasted and fatigued. I have taken some days off to do what I should've done right after which is rest and eat well. I know that because the wound is internal it is easy to forget that your body is hurt and weak but don't hesitate to stay in bed for a day after. It is a worth not having to do it like me....a week later. By the way, I am still discharging and bleeding lightly after 6 days...stock up on pantiliners,ice cream and friends.

Good luck, don't worry and ask questions...

 
Old 08-21-2003, 11:59 AM   #9
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 954
PaNik5717 HB User
Unhappy

Just wanted to share with everyone who is still watching. I didn't think it was that big of a deal, but now I am starting to feel it.

Anyway...My doctor called last night and talked to my mom (I am 26, bit not quite healthy enough to apply for jobs, so I am at home right now. Oh, and my last landlady owes me $850 and I have to sue her to get it back so I can afford to move again.). He told her if I could find someone and have two kids he would fix my health problems, but not before then.

I figured he was calling with bad pap results or he would send them in the mail or wait for me to call later this week. He called back just now and the result was ASCUS, with probable HPV effect. Not bad, yet, but not good either. He had told me twice that I healed well after the LEEP in May, but now the follow-up doesn't look so good. I'll have to decide to have a pap or a pap and colpo in November. He still hopes that my immune system will kick in and take over, but my immune system really doesn't seem to be doing so good right now.


__________________
Total abdominal hysterectomy at age 26 due to abnormal bleeding. Kept ovaries.

 
Old 08-22-2003, 05:30 AM   #10
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: winstonsalemnorthcarolinaunitedstates
Posts: 2
janetn HB User
Angry

Thanks to all for the great information on the leep. I am having this procedure done today and feel better after reading about the procedure. I am planning to have this done in the office and plan to take a couple of tylenol and 1 xanax. I have mild to moderate dysplasia. I am really upset and frightened over the pain I may experience and the outcome. It seems most of you are much younger than me, I am 53. I really have been going through agony as to why I have this. Only been with one person and thought he was a faithful partner.

------------------
janetn
__________________
janetn

 
Old 08-22-2003, 06:55 AM   #11
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Lenexa Kansas , United States
Posts: 88
Carrie830 HB User
Unhappy

ALEJRANDA......I read your post and was wondering about the medicine they gave you caused heart palpitations....... what do you mean by that? I already have a thing where my heart skips beats, is that what your talking about or are you meaning your heart speeds up? Please let me know! Does anyone else have these skips beats and went through with the local...??

 
Old 08-22-2003, 07:19 AM   #12
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 954
PaNik5717 HB User
Post

Carrie:

The "heart palpitations" occur when you have it done under local anesthesia, typically in the doctor's office. The shot often contains epinephrine which is what we call adrenaline. It's what speeds up your heart and makes you jumpy when you get into a fight or when you are afraid. It also constricts blood vessels which is good during a procedure like this so that you don't lose too much blood. I'm not sure if every doc uses it. When I had mine, I didn't feel the pain in my cervix, but I felt some immediate pressure in my heart. Within seconds my heart was racing and my legs were trembling. My body felt like it wanted to run and I had a hard time staying still. For most people it seems to go away right away, but I was amped for a few hours.

Having a warning that it may happen will probably help you a lot. My doc warned me that the shot would hurt a lot, but he didn't tell me about the epinephrine. If you think it might interfere with your heart condition, discuss it with your doctor.

Good luck to those of you who are having yours done soon. Tylenol and Xanax sounds great. I could have used it. I was in tears in my docs office for about an hour while he and the nurse prepared to perform mine. It happened the day we decided and I am glad I didn't have any longer than that to worry about it.

I'd love to hear from the others that had theirs in May and June. How are your follow-ups going?

[This message has been edited by PaNik5717 (edited 08-22-2003).]
__________________
Total abdominal hysterectomy at age 26 due to abnormal bleeding. Kept ovaries.

 
Old 08-23-2003, 08:44 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Posts: 14
RobinF HB User
Post

I'm scheduled for my first(and hopefully only) LEEP in a few weeks. I hear everyone saying that taking pain killers or relaxants before can help...I have neither. My nurse told me to take 800mg ibuprofen before I come in, but I take Ibuprofen pretty much daily for headaches...how much can it help me then? I'm afraid to tell my doctor that I feel like I need something more before-hand for fear that he'll think that I'm some kind of druggie, but I've got a low threshold for pain and I can't even sleep just thinking about having it done. I'm sure that once I'm in there that it won't be so bad, but for now, I'm freaking out...any alternatives or suggestions?

 
Old 08-24-2003, 06:43 AM   #14
Senior Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 954
PaNik5717 HB User
Post

Hey Robin,

I'm in Gallup. Maybe I can get you to recommend a new doc for me in ABQ.

I would call the nurse. I did it without any painkillers or anxiety meds, but that was because mine was done very suddenly. A lot of women get the Xanax so you shouldn't be afraid to ask for it or something similar if the Xanax is somehow contraindicated for you. Don't worry about looking like a druggie. They will probably only give you one anyway and you really have the right to it if you are under so much stress about it.

Otherwise, work out, eat right, treat yourself to something nice, take a hike in the mountains. Do whatever you can to relax until then.

Let us know how it goes.

__________________
Total abdominal hysterectomy at age 26 due to abnormal bleeding. Kept ovaries.

 
Old 08-24-2003, 07:09 PM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Posts: 14
RobinF HB User
Arrow

Hey PaNik-


I have a great doctor...it took me a while to find one that I really like. He delivered my son and I've never felt like I was in better hands... Name Michael G. Flax....He does all aspects of gynecology. He's an infertility specialist too. I hope this helps.

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Do I really need a leep procedure? neutro Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 6 08-03-2009 05:04 AM
CIN II - Age 41 - wondering about "wait and see" vs. LEEP Bean2008 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 12 10-14-2008 06:59 PM
New Member waiting for LEEP results from BAD DOCTOR? threeizamjcnmbr Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 3 10-01-2008 05:36 PM
Great Results from my LEEP procedure Hattie07 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 2 10-28-2007 03:44 PM
LEEP...tomorrow...if I'm lucky. curls4462 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 6 09-09-2006 06:25 AM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added




Top 10 Drugs Discussed on this Board.
(Go to DrugTalk.com for complete list)
Flagyl
Folic
Ibuprofen
Morphine Motrin
  Prenatal
Tylenol
Valium
Vicodin
Xanax




TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Kali333 (20), STLouisgal (12), SandyMN (11), LilyL21 (7), estria (7), Erie0385 (7), ebradley23 (4), ladybud (4), luvbug412 (4), 33kat (4)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1162), MSJayhawk (991), Apollo123 (890), Titchou (826), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (757), ladybud (737), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (665), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:20 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!