I have High Grade lesions on my cervis and I am having the LEEP prodcedure done in two days. I have read a lot about it. And am not too nervous. ( I think ) : ) . Very anxious to get it over and done with. I've been trying to read about what to expect after and I read a lot about bleeding after the procedure. I am curious about recovery. My doctor said I should'nt lift heavy things, and there will be some discomfort and bleeding. I know that everyone's body is different. I am hoping somebody can tell me how thier recovery was. I am a mom of 2 boys and I work full time. I am nervous of being in pain I guess. Maybe someone can let me know... thank you in advance for your time.
Last edited by Anxiousnwaiting; 10-23-2006 at 12:23 PM.
I have/had CIN III. I'm a mom of two girls, ages 5 years and 4 months, and work part-time. I had a LEEP done on 10/4.
I was put under general anesthesia and woke up to a little cramping and bleeding like a light period. I took the following day off and relaxed at home with the baby. I went to work the following day with a bottle of advil and still light bleeding that lasted about a week or so.
Recovery is pretty easy as long as you follow your doctors advice. I was told no heavy lifting or exercising (and he knew I am trying to lose the baby weight!) for two weeks. He also said no sex for four weeks.
Best of luck with your procedure. Keep me posted with the results.
They removed all of mine and all of the margins were clear. They also did a cone and there was nothing there as well.
I am mom of two boys as well (4.5 years and 2.5 years). I had my LEEP done on October 10th. I was worried about the after-effects too (how can a mom of a toddler not lift heavy things?? ) anyway, it was FINE. I did spend the afternoon after the procedure in bed, but frankly I think that was more emotional than physical. I just couldn't believe I had precancers on my cervix--totally unexpected and scary. I did pop ibuprofin a few times a day for a day or two afterwards, but the pain was fairly mild. I have had little to no bleeding. I'm wearing panty liners for the bit of discharge, but it's no big deal, really. Also, I was under local anesthesia, so I was awake and aware and came home about 15 minutes after the LEEP was done. It is not fun, but it is not horrible either.
And, lucky me, since my margins were not clear, I have to go back for another one (or a cone). Anyway, good luck, and I hope they get all of your bad cells on the first go!
Anxious, please don’t worry, the LEEP is not a big deal at all. Tell your doc to give you a Valium or other oral sedative if you like.
I took Valium and was feeling fine (I’m a major coward btw).
Most likely, you’ll have brownish discharge for 1 week, and a very light bleeding for 2-3 weeks after. My post-op memo says that and so far I find it accurate. Possibly cramps (I have none, just some light bleeding. My LEEP was on Oct 12).
2 more days and I can exercise, yippee! I wouldn’t lift heavy stuff over 20 lbs though or exert, just in case. The scab on the wound can come off prematurely and you’ll bleed more. Fast walks are fine.
Yes, get it over with ASAP. That was my reasoning also.
Sippy - best of luck with the second one. Have you done a PAP/Colpo 6 months after your 1st LEEP? Sometimes the unclear margins are burnt off by coagulation. From what I understand, unclear margins aren’t as important in recurrence of CIN as involvement of glands, age, and HPV presence anyway, unless they are combined with these factors.
I could be wrong, but I thought a repeat LEEP/Cone is done when CIN of original grade or higher recurs and persists, after 6 mo examination.
You know... I don't actually know what's going to happen next. I just had the LEEP a couple of weeks ago and my doc told me that the margins (both) weren't clear so he implied on the phone that another procedure was indicated. However, this is the same doc that seems to slather at the bit to just take my uterus so, needless to say, I'm switching docs. I do have a follow-up appointment with him next week to check healing and talk further, but the week after that I have an appointment with a new doc. Anyway, I'm getting coipes of all my reports, etc. when I go in for my follow-up.
In a way I'd like another procedure. I guess I have it in my head that I just want all the cells OUT and I want to be sure of that (as sure as possible). I think there is a chance mine is fairly aggressive since it went from LSIL to CINIII/CIS in just a few months. Oh, also I DO have "high-risk" HPV, but I don't know which number.
So... still in the waiting mode. I hope to find out more next week.
Anxiuos, do keep us updated! Best of luck and sorry for hijack also.
Sippy, I’d say yes, ditch the jerk of a doctor first thing, ASAP.
Was he the one to do your LEEP; I doubt someone who thinks “she’ll need a hysterectomy anyway” would be to concerned about getting the margin. I find that some older doctors especially are that way; it’s possible they are too set in the ways of recommending hyster for everything - as well as they may be uncomfortable with doing LEEPs, which procedure have only been around for a few decades. My first gynecologist had a questionable bedside manner as well, which caused me to hate the visits enough to stop going for some years.
My gyney is a complete opposite. I had pretty much same finding as you originally, and she did not even mention hysterectomy at all, she is through and explains everything so well, and she’ll call me twice before leaving a message; she is my ally. And I think that’s important that you find a good doctor.
Also, my original PAP also showed LSIL (low grade) - *while* biopsy showed CIN II AND III. To my knowledge, that doesn’t mean aggressive progress, but rather that biopsy is a more accurate testing tool then PAP, obviously. And once again, I found out that I have CIN II only after LEEP.
Dysplasia is not the easiest thing to grade, as I was able to see for myself, the differences between grades can be subtle (just like difference between CIN III and CIS, there is little to none, according to different sources). But you don’t have invasive cancer and that’s great.
I can understand that you may want to “get the abnormality out now”. I guess it makes sense, since you’re still healing from the first LEEP – so maybe it’s better then waiting 6 months.
I urge you to find a new doctor however; also, I’d ask the current one to fax or mail you the *exact* results of the pathology report, just in case you want to do research. Perhaps your friend or relative has a great gyney. You can look online also; you can call the MDs office and ask receptionist how many years they’ve been in practice, if they do LEEPs in the office, etc. Keep posting, good luck and don’t worry to much *hugs*.
You'll probably feel better when LEEP's over. Plan on relaxing the rest of the day if you can It's really not that big of a deal, as far as pain and discomfort - I really had none to be honest.
Now I'm alwmost 2 weeks past, only have a light bleeding which my memo from doc may start 1 week after procedure, and it did (said to last 2-3 weeks or less). It's winter (no beach) so I can live with it
Anyway - I wish you a painless and quick recovery and for you results to come back most favorable, take good care and post an update maybe.
It really helps to others waiting for biopsies/LEEPs, I think.