Is colposcopy considered surgery?
A colposcopy (kol-POS-kuh-pee) is a method of examining the cervix, vagina, and vulva with a surgical instrument called a colposcope. The procedure is usually performed if the results of a Pap smear (the screening test used to identify abnormal cervical cells) are unusual.
What does it mean to have an adequate colposcopy examination?
‘hollow, womb, vagina’ + skopos “look at”) is a medical diagnostic procedure to visually examine the cervix as well as the vagina and vulva using a colposcope. The main goal of colposcopy is to prevent cervical cancer by detecting and treating precancerous lesions early.
What is a biopsy of the cervix called?
A cervical biopsy is often done as part of a colposcopy. This is also called a colposcopy-guided cervical biopsy. A colposcopy uses an instrument with a special lens to look at the cervical tissues. A cervical biopsy may be done to find cancer or precancer cells on the cervix.
What are the risks of a colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a safe procedure that carries very few risks. Rarely, complications from biopsies taken during colposcopy can occur, including: Heavy bleeding. Infection….When to call your doctor
- Bleeding that is heavier than what you typically experience during your period.
- Severe abdominal pain.
Why do they put vinegar on your cervix?
After the cervix is studied with the colposcope, the cervix is washed with a chemical called acetic acid, which is diluted 3% to 5%. The acetic acid (vinegar) washes away mucus and allows abnormal areas to be seen more easily with the colposcope. Moreover, the acetic acid stains the abnormal areas white.
What is the next step after a colposcopy?
After a colposcopy, your colposcopist will usually be able to tell you what they have found straight away. If there is any uncertainty, a small sample of tissue from the cervix may need to be removed (a biopsy) for further examination. In some cases, abnormal cells can be treated during your colposcopy.
Should I be worried if I have to have a colposcopy?
Try not to worry if you’ve been referred for a colposcopy. It’s very unlikely you have cancer and any abnormal cells will not get worse while you’re waiting for your appointment.