Gynecology & Obstetrics Leep Instruments
LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure) instruments are specialized electrosurgical instruments used in gynecology and obstetrics to remove abnormal tissue from the cervix, vulva, or vagina. LEEP is a procedure that uses high-frequency electrical current to remove abnormal cells or tissue that may be pre-cancerous or cancerous.
The LEEP instrument consists of a loop electrode, which is a thin, wire loop attached to a handle. The loop is made of a thin, insulated wire that conducts electrical current. The loop is heated with high-frequency electrical current, which is used to cut through the abnormal tissue and seal the blood vessels, reducing bleeding.
The LEEP procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and takes about 15 to 30 minutes. The procedure is done in an outpatient setting, and the patient can usually return to normal activities within a day or two.
LEEP instruments are used in a variety of gynecological procedures, including the treatment of cervical dysplasia, genital warts, and other precancerous or cancerous conditions. They are also used in obstetrics to remove tissue that may be blocking the birth canal during delivery.
As with all electrosurgical instruments, there are risks associated with their use, including the potential for unintended tissue damage or burns, and interference with electronic medical devices. Proper training and caution are necessary to use LEEP instruments safely and effectively.