Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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PAP Smear is Abnormal Treatment

The goal of treatment for cervical dysplasia is to remove or destroy the abnormal cells, so that they do not become cancerous. Treatment for cervical dysplasia includes a variety of outpatient surgical procedures that remove the abnormal cells from the surface of the cervix.

Treatment for cervical dysplasia may include:

  • Loop electrosurgical excision for cervical dysplasia:
    • Electricity is used to destroy the cells
  • Laser surgery for cervical dysplasia:
    • Powerful light beam is used to destroy the cells
  • Conization for cervical dysplasia:
    • A cone-shaped piece of tissue is removed form the cervix
  • Cryosurgery for cervical dysplasia:
    • Freezing destroys the cells

PAP Smear is Abnormal Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of cervical dysplasia.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

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Last Updated: May 24, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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