What Should You Avoid After Laser Ablation Cone?

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Receiving an abnormal Pap smear result may be unsettling, particularly if your Pap smears have been normal in the past. While not all abnormal Pap results necessarily indicate cancer, they may indicate the presence of abnormal cells that have the potential to progress into cervical cancer and/or cause other serious symptoms and complications. For women who receive an abnormal result on a Pap smear, it can be highly beneficial to destroy any irregular cervical cells as soon as possible to lower the risk of cervical cancer and restore their peace of mind. At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, experienced gynecologist Dr. Gerry Sotomayor performs the laser ablation cone procedure as a convenient, effective, and modern treatment to dramatically reduce cervical cancer risk after an abnormal Pap smear in Norcross, GA. While CO2 laser cone cervical ablation is considered minimally invasive with few (if any) side effects, there are some restrictions and aftercare guidelines to be aware of prior to treatment.

When is laser ablation cone treatment recommended?

While each patient's case is unique, women who receive an abnormal Pap smear result may be considered appropriate candidates for CO2 laser ablation cone treatment to destroy abnormal or potentially precancerous cells and tissue that could later develop into cervical cancer if left untreated.

How is laser ablation of the cervix performed?

Laser ablation cone treatment can be performed right in our convenient Peachtree Corners area gynecology office in as little as 10 – 15 minutes. During the procedure, patients will lie with their feet in stirrups — in a similar position as that used during a standard gynecologic exam — and a topical numbing agent will be used to minimize any discomfort they may experience. Dr. Sotomayor will then use a precise CO2 laser beam to deliver targeted energy to the cervix, which works to destroy abnormal cellular material without damaging healthy tissues nearby.

Is there anything I can't do after laser cone ablation treatment?

Following your CO2 laser cervical ablation, you may experience some watery discharge and tenderness for a few days, but these side effects are usually mild and short-lived. Because no general anesthesia is required and the procedure is relatively quick and convenient, patients are typically able to return to light work and other activities almost immediately after their appointment, though there are some things you'll need to avoid after laser cone ablation, such as:

  • Tampon use
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Strenuous physical exercise
  • Heavy lifting
  • Swimming, baths, hot tubs, etc.

These restrictions, which can help to prevent infection and other post-treatment complications, may last for several days or potentially weeks, depending on the nature of your case and procedure. Before and after your laser ablation cone treatment, Dr. Sotomayor and our team will discuss laser cervical ablation aftercare instructions and restrictions with you in great detail to ensure you are well prepared for the healing process. With proper care and healthy habits, recovery after laser ablation cone is typically fairly rapid and comfortable, meaning patients can get back to their normal routines without much — if any — disruption.

Be proactive about your health with laser cervical ablation after an abnormal Pap smear in Atlanta, GA

If you receive an abnormal Pap smear result, laser ablation cone treatment may be an effective and appropriate option for getting rid of irregular cervical cells that could lead to cervical cancer otherwise. For more information on your treatment options following an abnormal Pap test, including laser cervical ablation, call Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta to schedule your private consultation with Peachtree Corners, GA gynecologist Dr. Gerry Sotomayor today.

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