for abnormal
cervical cells.

LEEP in Cincinnati OH

LEEP is an abbreviation for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. The LEEP procedure is a 10 minute, simple treatment for abnormal cells on the cervix where the abnormal cells are cut away using a thin wire loop that carries an electrical current. A LEEP may be recommended if your Pap smear or cervical biopsy showed some abnormal cell results.

protect your cervical health

There is no single cause of abnormal cervical cells. However, extra precautions and examinations are necessary to prevent cervical cancer. Again, an abnormal test does not mean you have cancer. In fact,

the chances of cancer are very small. Other causes like the HPV virus, smoking or an impaired immune system can increase your chance of abnormal cervical cell formation.

Procedure Details

What it treats
  • Abnormal cervical cells
Procedure time
  • 15-30 minutes
Side Effects
  • None
Recovery time
  • None
Process & Results

The LEEP Process

All LEEP treatments are performed by board-certified gynecologists. This procedure is performed in our AAASF certified office. It can either be performed under local or IV anesthesia.

iv sedation available

Since our office is accredited by AAAASF, we can offer IV sedation for LEEP procedures if you’re anxious about having this procedure done under local anesthesia.


This procedure gives your gynecologist a better idea of what’s going on with the abnormal cells. Your doctor at Amy Brenner MD & Associates will recommend the right treatment based on your results.

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7
Step 1


You lie down on an exam table in the same position used to have a Pap smear test. Some patients opt to have IV sedation.

Step 2

insert speculum

A speculum is inserted into your vagina.

Step 3

Applying a numbing cream

A numbing medication (lidocaine with epinephrine) is injected into your cervix. This usually causes your heart to beat faster or cause you to have a feeling like you drank a lot of caffeine.

Step 4

identify the cells

A vinegar-like solution is applied to the abnormal cells more visible.

Step 5

remove the tissue

The doctor then uses an electrical wire loop to remove the abnormal tissue. The tissue is sent to the pathologist to be tested.

Step 6

prevent bleeding

Blood vessels on the area are sealed to prevent bleeding. The doctor may also apply a special paste — Monsel’s Solution — to prevent bleeding.

Step 7

Post Procedure

After the procedure you may have some spotting, brown discharge that has been described as “coffee grounds” from the Monsel’s solution.

Additional Information
Videos Resources
Watch Video
Dr. Amy Brenner Discusses What an Abnormal Pap Smear Means
It's simple— identify the problem areas of your body and we will recommend the right treatment plan for you.