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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure
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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

If you are planning to have LEEP, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Infection
  • Future pregnancy problems (small increased risk of premature births and having a low birth weight baby)
  • Narrowing of the cervix (very rare)
  • Incomplete removal of the abnormal tissue
  • Accidental cutting or burning of normal tissue

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Menstruation at the time of the procedure—It is best to have LEEP done when you do not have your period.
  • History of pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Inflammation of the cervix
  • Pregnancy or possible pregnancy
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Heavy bleeding (more than your normal period)
  • Bleeding with clots
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Unusual odor or discharge

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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