Sedation during a LEEP procedure

Last Modified: March 16, 2003

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
Is 1-2 months too long to wait for a LEEP procedure? Also, is there any sedation given during the procedure?

Answer:

Christina S. Chu, MD, Assistant Professor of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, responds:

Waiting 1-2 months for your LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) should not be a problem.

No sedation is usually required for a LEEP procedure, but local anesthesia is used. For particularly nervous patients who I think can tolerate an office procedure, I might prescribe a single dose of Valium for them to take an hour before the procedure if they have a friend to bring them and take them home. For someone who clearly will not be able to tolerate an office procedure (very rare) because of discomfort or nerves, I would schedule the procedure in day surgery where IV sedation can be given.

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