Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gynecological Colposcopy

This procedure is often recommended for women who have had an abnormal Pap smear or have symptoms such as bleeding after intercourse or between periods. It is a safe and effective way to detect and diagnose any abnormalities in the cervix or surrounding area. In addition to being a diagnostic tool, colposcopy can also be used as a therapeutic tool. If abnormal cells are detected, the doctor can remove them during the procedure. This is called a colposcopic biopsy or a cervical biopsy. The biopsy is sent to a lab for analysis, and the results can help determine if further treatment is necessary. Overall, diagnostic and therapeutic gynecological colposcopy is an important tool in the detection and treatment of cervical cancer and other gynecological conditions.

Overview of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gynecological Colposcopy

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Gynecological Colposcopy is a medical procedure that is used to examine the cervix, vagina, and vulva. The procedure involves the use of a colposcope, which is a special instrument that magnifies the tissues of the cervix, vagina, and vulva. The colposcope is used to identify any abnormal areas, such as lesions or growths, that may indicate the presence of cervical cancer or other gynecological conditions.

Do I Need a Colposcopy?

Diagnostic and therapeutic gynecological colposcopy is usually performed when a woman has an abnormal Pap smear result, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or other symptoms that may indicate the presence of cervical cancer or other gynecological conditions. The procedure may also be performed to monitor the progression or regression of a gynecological condition, such as cervical dysplasia.

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How Is the Procedure Performed?

During the procedure, you will lie on an examination table with your feet in stirrups. The colposcope will be inserted into the vagina, and a special solution is applied to the cervix, vagina, and vulva to highlight any abnormal areas. The doctor then examines the tissues through the colposcope and may take a biopsy of any abnormal areas for further examination.

If a biopsy is taken, you may experience some discomfort or cramping. After the procedure is complete, you may also experience some mild bleeding or discharge, but this should resolve within a few days. During your consultation, we’ll ensure that you have a clear idea of what you can expect both during and after your procedure.

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Preparing for the Procedure

Before undergoing a diagnostic and therapeutic gynecological colposcopy, patients should inform their doctor of any medications they are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. Some medications, such as blood thinners, may need to be temporarily discontinued before the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding.

Patients should also avoid intercourse, douching, and using tampons for 24 hours before the procedure. It is recommended to schedule the procedure for a time when the patient is not menstruating.

During the Procedure

During the procedure, the patient will lie on their back on an examination table with their feet in stirrups. A speculum will be inserted into the vagina to allow the doctor to visualize the cervix. A colposcope, which is a special microscope, will be used to examine the cervix and surrounding tissues. If a biopsy or other procedure is necessary, a local anesthetic may be used to numb the area. The procedure typically takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.

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After the Procedure

After the procedure, patients may experience mild cramping or spotting. It is recommended to avoid intercourse, douching, and using tampons for at least 24 hours after the procedure to reduce the risk of infection. Patients should also inform their doctor if they experience heavy bleeding, fever, or severe pain after the procedure, as these may be signs of complications.

If you’d like to learn more about what diagnostic and therapeutic colposcopy can do for you, the Elanic Medical team is here to help. We’re trusted as Glasgow’s newest and most advanced private hospital, and we’re excited to learn how we can help you. To get started, reach out and set up your consultation with a helpful member of our team today.

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