I apologize that it took so long for me to get back to you! I had a very hectic week last week and an even busier weekend!
Anyhow, my LEEP cone was performed while I was under general as I also had a laparoscopy done at the same time so I can't tell you how the surgery was during. Afterwards I was surprised by how little it hurt. I felt a little "sore" but nothing that wasn't tolerable. Then again, I was on pain meds from the lap so that could be why it was so "easy." LOL!
Since I had a cone done at the time of the VERY aggressive LEEP, I bled for 3 weeks. I took a week off work but I also had abdominal surgery at the time so it was more for that. I would've taken maybe the day of the LEEP cone and the day after if I had it alone. The "best" scenario would be getting it done on a Wednesday or Thursday and then taking the rest of the week off and the weekend to recoup. That's a perfector world scenario, tho! LOL!
If you are getting the procedure done under general anesthesia, it would be best to have someone stay with you the rest of that day. If not, tho, you should be fine by yourself if you have to be--though it would be nice if you could have someone around to help you out. You'll likely be bleeding and feeling a bit weak so it's best to take it VERY easy and rest as much as possible. Avoid lifting anything and over-exerting yourself for at least a week after. Your body will tell you if you are doing too much--you'll bleed more when you are over-exerting yourself.
You'll be fine and back to yourself quickly! Just remember to take it easy for a few days and listen to your doctor's post-surgical instructions. You'll probably have a follow-up a week or so later so your doc can get an idea of how you are healing. Any questions you have about your specific recovery can be asked then or right after the procedure!
GL! Let us know how everything goes! ~Elle
LEEP cone June 2005. Severe dysplasia dx (HGSIL). ASCUS pap May 2007.