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What is a colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a procedure to examine your cervix (neck of the womb). A colposcopy is usually recommended if a cervical screening test, or smear test, has shown there is a problem with the cells in your cervix. 

Are there any alternatives to a colposcopy?

If you have abnormal cells, a colposcopy is the only way of finding out the type of abnormality and how serious the problem is.

What does the procedure involve?

A colposcopy usually takes between 10 and 20 minutes.

A colposcopy involves an examination of your cervix. Your gynaecologist can perform biopsies (removing small pieces of tissue) to help make the diagnosis. If your gynaecologist decides it is best to treat the problem straightaway, they will usually perform a LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone). A LLETZ is a minor operation to remove part of the cervix. Other treatments include laser treatment and freezing (cryocautery).

What complications can happen?

There may bleeding after the LLETZ removal of abnormal cells.

How soon will I recover?

A member of the healthcare team will tell you what was found during the colposcopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

You should be able to go home the same day.

You should be able to go back to work and normal activities the day after your colposcopy.

A colposcopy and LLETZ is usually a safe and effective way of finding and treating any problem with your cervix.

Is treatment expensive?

After your initial consultation you would be provided with a detailed quote to let you know the exact price and everything that it includes.

You may not need to meet the costs yourself as you may be covered by Private Medical Insurance of your own, or be covered through insurance at your workplace.

BMI Ross Hall Hospital sees both insured and self-pay patients.

There is also the option to take advantage of the BMI Card which offers 12 months interest free credit, £20,000 credit, and a 48-hour approval for applications of up to £7,000.

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