Are there other treatments for cervical dysplasia other than LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure)?
Yes. There are a number of ways your physician can remove abnormal tissue from the cervix. These methods include:
- Cryosurgery: The surface tissue is destroyed by freezing, but this does not allow for pathologic review of the tissue to look for cancer.
- Cold knife conization: Removal of a cone-shaped wedge of tissue from the cervix which carries similar risks to LEEP and allows for pathology to assess the tissue for cancer.
- Laser treatment or cone excision: Heat from a high-intensity beam of light is used to destroy or cut away abnormal tissue. The downfall of this procedure is that there is no specimen for the pathologist to review to look for cancer cells.
The treatment that is best for you will depend on factors such as the amount and location of the abnormal tissue.