|E F Nigel Holland|
|Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician|
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|What is a Colposcopy?
A colposcopy is an examination of the cervix (neck of womb) using a colposcope. This is an instrument which magnifies the area being examined. It allows me to look look more closely at the cervix. It is like an elaborate smear test.
Why do you need a Colposcopy?
Abnormal smear results are a common finding and are rarely serious. However, it is essential you attend for a colposcopy to examine you and to decide if you need further treatment.
How long does it take?
Should you do anything before your appointment?
What happens during your Colposcopy?
If the abnormalities can be treated in the clinic the following procedures can be performed.
- Taking a biopsy (a sample of tissue about the size
of a pinhead from the cervix). The biopsy is sent for analysis under a
microscope. When the results are available I will see you to discuss the
results of the biopsy usually the following week after it has been processed.
- Removal of the affected area.
This procedure can also be done under general anaesthetic as a day case (not the same day as your clinic appointent). The area removed takes approximately 4 weeks to heal. During this time do not tampons, have intercourse or do any stenuous exercise. You can also expect to have some blood loss. If this becomes heavy or has an offensive smell you are advised to contact us or your GP for advice. For the first two to three day; after the procedure you may experience period type pains. These should be relieved with mild painkillers. A further appointment will arranged for you to attend the clinic with results, then follow-up arranged thereafter.
Will it hurt?
Please do not worry about your visit to the colposcopy clinic. I will explain everything before and during the procedure. Every effort will be made to ensure that there is minimum discomfort and maximum privacy.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask them.
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