Thursday, April 16, 2020

The Leep

LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. It's a treatment that prevents cervical cancer. A small electrical wire loop is used to remove abnormal cells from your cervix.

June 20, 2018 is the day I had my leep done. It was definitely a different experience that is for sure. So I arrived at my scheduled time. I didn't really prepare myself for what was to come. I should have taken some ibuprofen before I got there, but I didn't think I would need it. I thought it would be like the biopsy, just a small pinch that didn't really hurt. But I was really wrong. When I went back, the nurse took me to the room where they do this procedure. She explained to me what it was they would be doing. They were going to numb me before they got started.

I didn't get to see Jessica this time around. I had Dr. John Kim. It was the first time I met him, but he was so kind and compassionate. He made me feel as comfortable as I could in that moment. The nurse gave me a injection of some anti-inflammatory for the pain before they got started. They let that kick in for a little bit then it was time for the procedure. 

I had to be a still as I could when they injected me with the numbing stuff. They didn't show me the needle before hand, which was nice because it wasn't small.  This part was really painful and it was difficult to not move or pull away, but I listened as best as I could.  

Finally, it was time for the leep. This was even more painful for me. I felt everything. The numbing stuff wasn't working. I had to power through it to get it done. He did two swipes to remove the cells and then put on this weird green gunk stuff to help heal the cervix and stop the bleeding. It was, at that time, the most painful thing I had been through.  I had originally only taken the morning off of work because I thought it wasn't going to be that bad.  I ended up taking the rest of the day off to rest.

I got a call from the results of that biopsy a few days later and was told everything should be good now and to come back in six months for a follow up pap smear.  I was hopeful that that would be the worst thing and that I would be fine and be able to have babies.  Little did I know what lied ahead for me.

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Hi, my name is Amanda and I started this blog to share my journey through cervical cancer. I wanted to share my journey because when I was f...