Originally Posted by glowing4
I think part of the problem here is that it might be high up in the cervical canal so can anyone answer a few questions?
Is LEEP as effective as a cold cone biopsy even if it is high up?
Why would the follow up PAP test be bad again? Didn't get it all even given that the margins were clear?
I had cryosurgery done about 18 years ago, but all PAP tests have been fine since so why now is it showing up again after so many years? Does HPV stay in your body forever?
Thanks for any help or sharing of experiences you might have. I know many have faced worse and that this is not life threatening. It just has me upset again!
I'm sorry to hear that you have deal with this all over again. I'm not sure if I can answer all your questions but I will try to help you out with my experience.
I can't say for sure if the LEEP is as effective as a CKC. All I can tell you is that I had severe dysplasia and it was also high up in the canal so I had a CKC done at the same time I had my LEEP done. That was 20 months ago and I've only had one pap come back negative (at 9 months) and when I had the colposcopy I was told I was all clear.
Paps can come back bad at any time. Just because the margins were clear doesn't necessarily mean that some new cells didn't grow after the fact.
I'm assuming you have HPV? If that is the case, yes, it does stay in your system. It can lay doormant for years and sometimes different triggers like stress (or in my case, pregnancy) can bring it out. Could it be it came back due to your menopause? There is no cure for HPV so even if they get it all in whatever method they use it can always come back. That's why the follow up paps are so important.
I hope I was able help. Please keep us posted with your story. I wish you all the best!