I didn't have a LEEP, I had a cone biopsy which I think is just where they take a little bit deeper cells too. My abnormal cells were caused by HPV, and they kept recurring for 9 years before we finally went for the cone biopsy. I went to the hospital, they put me under complete sedation, an hour or two later I woke up, took some motrin and went home. I think they gave me something a bit stronger like a vicodin or something but I really didn't need it. You might cramp and bleed a bit, but that is normal. No, mine did not lead to a hysterectomy and so far, 2 years later, still free of abnormal cells. LEEPS and cone biopsies are considered full treatment for getting rid of abnormal cells. The only reason they would resort to hysterectomy would be if you have a carcinoma in situ (and normally not even then) or if its actual cancer. Which if you go when they recommend, it likely won't become cancer.
at 2:46 AM on Mar. 19, 2010