Colposcopy & LEEP

We offer expert Colposcopy and Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) services, providing thorough diagnostic evaluation and personalized treatment for abnormal cervical conditions, ensuring comprehensive care and support for women's reproductive health.

Comprehensive Colposcopy and LEEP Services at Jacqueline A. Stephen, MD in Brookline, MD

Welcome to Jacqueline A. Stephen, MD, where we offer comprehensive Colposcopy and Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) services in Brookline, MD, providing expert care for abnormal cervical conditions and ensuring thorough diagnostic evaluation and treatment.

Understanding Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a vital follow-up procedure for abnormal cervical cancer screening tests or when irregularities are observed on the cervix, vagina, or vulva. Dr. Jacqueline A. Stephen employs a specialized magnifying instrument called a colposcope to examine these areas, enabling a detailed view of tissue abnormalities. If necessary, a biopsy is performed for further testing.

Colposcopy Procedure

Conducted in our office, the non-surgical colposcopy procedure takes approximately 15 minutes. Dr. Jacqueline A. Stephen ensures patient comfort by using numbing medication on the cervix and Nitrous Oxide, minimizing anxiety and discomfort. The colposcope magnifies the cervix, aided by acetic acid or vinegar, allowing the identification and assessment of abnormal tissues. When needed, a biopsy is taken for additional testing.

Colposcopy Results and Diagnostic Capabilities

Colposcopy aids in diagnosing various conditions, including cervical, vulvar, or vaginal cancer, precancerous changes, cervicitis, and genital warts. Dr. Jacqueline A. Stephen utilizes the results to formulate personalized care plans, ensuring early monitoring and intervention when necessary.

Understanding LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)

LEEP is a specialized procedure that uses a wire loop heated by electric current to remove abnormal cells and tissues in the lower genital tract, including the cervix and vagina. It serves both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, assisting in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormal or cancerous conditions.

Why LEEP is Recommended

Dr. Jacqueline A. Stephen may recommend LEEP when abnormal cells are detected during a pelvic exam or Pap test, or when investigating cervical or vaginal problems. LEEP is instrumental in removing precancerous cells and facilitating the growth of healthy tissue.

Risks and Considerations

While both Colposcopy and LEEP are generally safe procedures, it's essential to be aware of potential risks, including infection, bleeding, and changes or scarring in the cervix. Dr. Jacqueline A. Stephen discusses these considerations with patients, ensuring informed decisions and a clear understanding of the steps taken to minimize risks.

What to Expect After Colposcopy and LEEP

After these procedures, some mild cramping, spotting, and discharge are normal. Patients are advised on post-procedural care, which may include refraining from using tampons or engaging in sexual activity for a specified period. Dr. Jacqueline A. Stephen provides detailed post-procedure instructions tailored to individual needs.

Your Trusted Partner in Women's Health

At Jacqueline A. Stephen, MD, we are committed to providing compassionate, expert care in gynecology. Schedule a consultation to experience our comprehensive Colposcopy and LEEP services, ensuring thorough evaluation, personalized treatment plans, and ongoing support for your reproductive health. Trust us to guide you through every step of your healthcare journey.