Cervical Cone Biopsy Doctor Questions and Answers
At Cobb Women’s Health, we can perform cervical cone biopsy, our board-certified OBGYNs would be pleased to provide that for you. Call us for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 1810 Mulkey Road, Suite 102, in Austell, Georgia.
If your primary care doctor or obstetrician-gynecologist has recommended that you have a cervical cone biopsy due to results on a pelvic exam or Pap smear, our board-certified OBGYNs at Cobb Women’s Health in Austell, GA, would be pleased to provide that for you. We have several different options available for cervical cone biopsies. To give you a better idea of what a cervical cone biopsy entails, we have also provided some answers to commonly asked questions about cervical cone biopsies below.
What is Cervical Cone Biopsy?
A cervical cone biopsy, or cervical conization, is a surgical procedure that removes a cone-shaped piece of tissue from the cervix located in the endocervical canal between the uterus pathway and vaginal canal. The piece of cervical tissue is then examined under a microscope for abnormal cervical cells, also known as cervical dysplasia. A cervical cone biopsy can be performed using any of the following:
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser
- Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)
- Scalpel, or surgical knife
At Cobb Women’s Health, we can perform cervical cone biopsies using any of the above methods. Before any cervical cone biopsy, the patient is given local or general anesthesia or a numbing agent so that they do not experience any pain during the procedure.
When do you need a Cervical Cone Biopsy?
The main reason that a cervical cone biopsy is done is to detect cervical cancer or early warning signs that cervical cancer could develop in the future. As such, a cervical cone biopsy is often done if your doctor finds irregularities or abnormal cells during a routine pelvic exam or Pap smear or if you have tested positive for human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Other reasons that your doctor or OB/GYN may recommend a cervical cone biopsy include the following:
- As part of a colposcopy, which is a medical procedure that closely examines the cervix, vagina, and vulva for various signs of disease
- Diagnose and help treat genital warts, which could be a sign of HPV
- Evaluate the cervix for cancerous or precancerous cells, growths, or polyps
How long does it take to recover from a Cervical Cone Biopsy?
After a cervical cone biopsy, it takes about four to six weeks for the cervix to heal completely. While most individuals can resume regular activities within one week, your doctor will instruct you on things to avoid and how to care for the treatment area properly as the cervix heals and recovers. With LEEP, you may be able to resume regular activities within one to three days, although it still takes the same amount of time for the cervix to heal.
If a cervical cone biopsy is performed using general anesthesia, a nurse will remove you to a recovery room immediately after the surgery to allow you time to rest and recover for one to four hours before returning home.
What is the success rate of a Cervical Cone Biopsy?
Cervical cone biopsies are a highly successful and accurate procedure at removing abnormal cervical cells and diagnosing or ruling out cervical cancer. With that in mind, the success rates of cervical cone biopsies vary according to the purpose of the procedure and the method used to perform a cervical cone biopsy. As such, if you would like to know more about cervical cone biopsy success rates, please feel free to get in touch with one of our OB/GYNs at Cobb Women’s Health.
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