I had undergone a loop excision
biopsy where they took a bit of my cervix away and then had a cone biopsy and in the end I had to have a radical hysterectomy which meant that I could not have any more children.
At Grantham Hospital, I had a colposcopy, where they examined my cervix under a huge microscope, and then I had a LLETZ (large loop excision
of the transformation zone), where a small wire loop and an electrical current are used to cut away the abnormal cells and seal the wound.
Large loop excision
of the transformation zone (LLETZ): a new method of management for women with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.
The insistence of her focus is borne out in poems such as "Large Loop Excision
of the Temporal Zone," "After Cancer: Dog on Her Side, Post-Amputation" and even "Case History: Frankenstein's Lesions.
Excisional techniques include cold knife conisation, laser conisation, and large loop excision
of the transformation zone.
An audit was undertaken of a 'colposcopy and treatment' clinic between April 2003 and December 2006, to determine: (i) the frequency of overtreatment with Papanicolaou smear on its own, colposcopy on its own or a combination of the two methods; (ii) differences in overtreatment between patients who are HIV positive and those who are HIV negative; and (iii) the short-term complications of Lletz (large loop excision
of the transformation zone) at this clinic.
She said: "After I got the results from my test, I needed to go to colposcopy for loop excision
- where they burn the bad cells away.
The most common methods are loop excision
, which removes cells using a loop of wire heated by an electric currrent, or a laser which vaporises abnormal cells.
The study, presented in poster form, is the first to show an association between preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) and even one laser conization or large loop excision
The lab reports were faxed back to the clinic, and patients with normal results were discharged, while those with high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions, atypical glandular cells of undetermined significance, or suspicion of carcinoma--with the exception of the two patients who declined treatment--underwent cervical diathermy loop excision
without colposcopic examination.
The system's use had been previously approved only for loop excision
of the transformation zone, a procedure used by gynecologists to excise precancerous tissue from the cervix.
The procedure, called loop excision
, uses an electrical current passed around a wire to remove a tissue sample.