Destruction of abnormal (infected or damaged) cells in
the cervix (Click Here) by using electric current to destroy the abnormal tissue through an
instrument called an electrocautery.
In Gynecologist's office or outpatient surgical facility,
- Before surgery: Pap smear; vaginal exam.
- After surgery: Pap smear in 2 to 3 months.
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION
- A speculum is inserted into the vagina to hold it open and
to bring the cervix into view.
- An electrocautery is inserted into the cervix. The flow of
electric current is applied to destroy abnormal cells.
- The instruments are removed. The procedure should be
painless. Discomfort after surgery will vary from one person to the next, but any
discomfort should be minor.
- Surgical-wound infection.
- Inadvertent damage to normal vaginal tissue.
Occasional spotting of blood with watery vaginal
- Wear cotton panties
- Use a sanitary pad to protect your clothing.
No restrictions. Resume sexual relations when healing is
- You may use non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, for minor pain.
- Your doctor may prescribe:
- Mild pain killers and/or antibiotics.
BE ALERT FOR
- Vaginal discharge increases or begins to have an
- You experience pain that simple pain medication does not
- Unusual vaginal swelling or bleeding.
- You develop signs of infection: headache, muscle aches,
dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever.