In-Office Procedures


The following procedures are performed in the offices of OhioHealth Gynecologic Cancer Surgeons, formerly Riverside Gynecologic Oncology:

Colposcopy:

A colposcopy is a procedure that allows the physician to use a special magnifying device to look at the vulva, vagina and cervix. The procedure is usually done when a Pap test is reported abnormal. During a colposcopy, the physician uses a lighted magnifying device that allows visualization of problems that would be missed by the naked eye. The procedure is usually performed in the office setting and recovery time is minimal.

LEEP:

The LEEP procedure (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut out abnormal tissue after abnormal Pap test results have been confirmed by colposcopy and cervical biopsy. The procedure is usually performed in the office, or in the hospital as an outpatient procedure. Most women are able to return to normal activities within a few days after having the procedure. Recovery time for the LEEP procedure depends on how much tissue is removed during the procedure.

Biopsy:

A biopsy is a sampling of tissue so that it can be examined under a microscope. The amount of tissue removed depends on the method used. A cervical biopsy is usually performed in the office or hospital as an outpatient procedure. Most women are able to return to their normal activities 24-hours following the procedure.

Pap testing:

A Pap test is a sample of cells taken from the woman’s cervix. The test is usually performed to identify changes in the cells of the cervix that could indicate cervical cancer or other conditions that may develop into cancer. The Pap test is performed in the physician’s office during a pelvic examination. The Pap test is not painful, but the pelvic examination may be slightly uncomfortable. Most women are able to return to their normal activities immediately following the examination.