LLETZ is a common procedure used to remove abnormal cells from the cervix.
What is LLETZ?
LLETZ stands for 'large loop excision of the transformation zone'.
LLETZ is a common procedure for diagnosis and treatment of pre-cancerous cells of the cervix identified during a colposcopy and cervical biopsy. It is a simple and safe way of removing a small part of the cervix that contains abnormal cells.
What happens during LLETZ surgery?
LLETZ usually performed under local anaesthetic. If you need to have a large area of tissue removed, or if you are very anxious about the treatment, you may be given general anaesthetic. You may have this treatment at the same time as a colposcopy.
The transformation zone is an area inside the endocervical canal. The exact position of this area varies depending on your age and whether you've had children. For this reason, the transformation zone can't always be seen clearly during a cervical smear. Your consultant can examine the area more closely during a colposcopy. During LLETZ your consultant will cut away the transformation zone using a loop of wire and an electric current. The area will also be sealed at the same time.
Recovery from LLETZ
Your length of hospital stay will depend on the type of surgery performed and your recovery.
Our team of specialist physiotherapists will provide expert treatment, rehabilitation and advice during your hospital stay, and if appropriate follow-up as an outpatient to support your full recovery.
Why choose Nuffield Health St Bartholomew's Hospital for your LLETZ
At Nuffield Health St Bartholomew's Hospital, our experienced gynaecologists provide you with quick access to treatment with a treatment plan which is personalised to you.
How to book a consultation with our experts at St Bartholomew's Hospital
Booking a consultation to see one of our gynaecologists at St Bartholomew's Hospital is easy. Simply call our dedicated hospital enquiry team on 020 3386 9006 and they will book you a consultation at a time and date convenient for you.
Alternatively, if you are unsure about the consultation process or LLETZ, our enquiry team will be more than happy to answer your questions.
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