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Cervical Biopsy

What is a cervical biopsy?

A cervical biopsy is a procedure that is performed to remove tissue from the cervix to test for abnormal cells or precancerous conditions. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that forms a canal which opens into the vagina and leads to outside the body. The tissue that’s removed is then closely examined under a microscope. A cervical biopsy is normally performed during a colposcopy or Pap test.

The amount of tissue your doctor removes is dependent on the type of biopsy being done. A simple cervical biopsy also known as a punch biopsy removes a small piece of tissue from the surface of the cervix, where as an endocervical biopsy (endocervical curettage) removes tissue from high in the cervical canal and requires scraping with a sharp instrument. Another possible biopsy is a cone biopsy or conization where your doctor will use a laser or scalpel to remove a large cone shaped piece of tissue from the cervix. Lastly, there is the Loop Electrosurgical Excision procedure (LEEP) that uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut out any abnormal tissue found. In addition to removing tissue for testing, some of these procedures can be used to completely remove areas of abnormal tissue and may also be used in the treatment of precancerous lesions.

What can you expect after a cervical biopsy is performed?

You may feel some soreness in your vagina for a couple of days accompanied by some vaginal discharge or bleeding, which is normal for up to a week after a biopsy. If Monel’s solution was used then your discharge may be dark colored. You must not douche, have sex or use tampons for one week to allow time for your cervix to heal. Please do not exercise for at least one day following the procedure. Make sure to follow all instructions provided by your doctor.

Feel free to contact your doctor here at Professional Brooklyn Gynecological Services at anytime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Cervical Biopsy February 17, 2015

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