Is LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) safe?

Yes. LEEP is very safe. Complications are rare and the procedure can be completed without use of general anesthesia. However, there are some risks, such as infection and bleeding. Also, if a large area needs to be removed, or if there is need for multiple LEEP procedures, a doctor will check your cervix by ultrasound during any subsequent pregnancies. Sometimes the cervix is weakened by these procedures, leading to early delivery of a baby. Discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor.

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