You may want to plan for someone to drive you home.
Normally, no medications are needed for this procedure. However, over-the-counter pain medications are usually taken. They should be taken about an hour before your appointment. Ask your doctor if this is recommended for you.
Description of Procedure
A device called a speculum is inserted into the vagina to hold it open. The cryosurgery probe is inserted into the vagina. Nitrous oxide makes the tip extremely cold. The tip is touched to abnormal areas on the cervix. It is held there for a few minutes. The tip is removed. This allows the tissue to return to its normal temperature over the course of 3-5 minutes. This freezing and thawing cycle may be repeated several times for each abnormal area on the cervix.
You will remain lying down for at least ten minutes after the procedure. Some women may feel lightheaded and/or flushed after the procedure.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
You will probably feel some cramping during the procedure. Some women also describe a burning sensation.
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Do not use tampons. Ask your doctor when you can resume sexual relations.
Your doctor will schedule
in the near future.
The abnormal tissue of the cervix should shed and flow out of the body in a watery vaginal discharge over 4-6 weeks. In some cases, more than one cryosurgery session may be scheduled.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Vaginal bleeding other than light spotting, especially if it soaks more than one pad per hour
Any foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Continued pain or cramping not relieved by over-the-counter pain medications
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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