- Pain should not be experienced after the procedure, but the patient may experience yellowish or pinkish vaginal discharge which indicates healing.
- In rare cases (1-2%) significant bleeding may occur 8-10 days after the procedure. This may be due to some scar tissue that formed after the operation falling away and reopening the blood vessels. It is thus important to remain close to the center that conducted the operation and not travel for 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Pads should be used instead of tampons for 3 weeks
- Sexual intercourse should also be avoided for 3 weeks.
- Douching should not be done and swimming pools avoided for 3 weeks
- If pain is experienced in the pelvic area, or heavy bleeding occurs, the patient should immediately call the doctor who performed the procedure.
- A follow up appointment should be scheduled within 3 months of the Laser treatment. This is to check that the lesions are gone and that the healing process is well underway.
- In general this procedure does not appear to impact fertility. However, if the volume of tissue removed is significant (greater than a 10mm endocervical resection), there may be a higher risk of premature delivery.
Conization or LEEP (Loop Electrical Excision Procedure) procedures are not 100% effective.Thus it is important to schedule regular monitoring over the long term in order to verify there has been zero recurrence or any persistent HPV lesions.