Cervical Dysplasia Diagnosis & Treatment
What Is Cervical Dysplasia?
Cervical dysplasia is when there are abnormal or precancerous cells in and around a woman’s cervix. The presence of these abnormal cells does not mean you have cervical cancer, but cervical cancer can develop if these cells are left untreated.
Abnormal changes in cervical cells can be mild, moderate, or severe and can be detected with routine Pap tests (Pap smears) and routine cancer screenings. Cervical dysplasia can be caused by several factors, but the most common cause of this precancerous condition is HPV (one of the most common sexually transmitted infections).
Since cervical dysplasia symptoms are often nonexistent, cervical dysplasia screenings can be a crucial part of preventive women’s health services. As an experienced women’s clinic, The Gabrielson Clinic for Women provides diagnosis and treatments for cervical dysplasia.
A colposcopy is a simple and quick outpatient procedure that uses a colposcope to look at the cervix and vagina. This preventative health procedure can help identify any suspicious cells or irregularities in the cervix or vagina.
If your women's healthcare provider finds any suspicious cells during a colposcopy they may take a small sample tissue, called a biopsy, and send it to a lab for testing. Your gynecologist may take a vaginal or cervical biopsy.
Cold Knife Cone Biopsy
Cold knife cone biopsy (also called conization) is a surgical procedure used to remove tissue from the cervix. The cervix is the narrow part of the lower end of the uterus and terminates in the vagina. This type of cervix biopsy removes a large cone-shaped piece of the cervix to look for precancerous cells or cancerous material.
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure is used in the removal of abnormal cervical cells that may have been identified through a biopsy. A small, thin wire is inserted into the cervix, and a low-voltage electrical current is passed through a loop, cutting away the cervical cells in question.
Comprehensive Gynecology Services
From cancer prevention and cancer detection to the treatment of severe to mild dysplasia, The Gabrielson Clinic for Women is here for you. We partner with Iowa Specialty Hospital & Clinics to provide premier women’s healthcare services for women of all ages!