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This procedure may be recommended if your consultant is not able to clearly view the suspect area of your cervix using colposcopy.

What happens during cone biopsy?

A cone biopsy is usually done as an outpatient meaning you can usually go home the day of your procedure. It may be performed under general or local anaesthetic.

You will be asked to prepare and position yourself as you would if you were having a cervical smear. Your consultant will gently insert a speculum into your vagina to hold your vaginal walls apart.

A small cone shaped area of tissue will be removed from your cervix and sent to a laboratory for analysis. There are several ways your surgeon may remove this tissue:

  • Scalpel (surgical knife)
  • Laser
  • Fine wire loop heated with electric current

They may insert gauze into your vagina to stop any bleeding. This will be removed before you leave hospital.

You will need to remain in hospital until the effects of any anaesthetic have worn off.

Going home after cone biopsy

You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home when you are discharged.

It is normal to experience slight vaginal bleeding for up to 4 weeks after your cone biopsy. You should wear a sanitary towel (not a tampon) during this recovery time.

Take over the counter pain relief if needed.

You may need to return to our outpatient department for follow-up visits. Your surgeon will advise you of the results of your biopsy and any additional treatments needed.

Most people make a good recovery from cone biopsy. As with any procedure there may be complications.

General complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Specific complications of cone biopsy may include:

  • Period-like pain
  • Light vaginal bleeding
  • Pregnancy problems (slight risk of miscarriage)
  • Problems with healing of the cervix

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon?

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01202 291866
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Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370919
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Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ


Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

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Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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01823 286991
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Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

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02380 266 377
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01483 227800
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01902 754 177
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