When Should You Consider Laser Ablation Cone Treatment?
If you have recently received an abnormal Pap smear result or have gynecologic concerns in general, we are here to help. At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, conveniently serving Peachtree Corners and Atlanta, GA, experienced gynecologist Dr. Gerry Sotomayor offers a full range of gynecologic care, treatments, and procedures, including the innovative laser ablation cone procedure. Below, you’ll find helpful information about when and why a cervical laser ablation may become necessary.
What is laser ablation cone treatment?
Laser ablation cone treatment is a cutting-edge medical procedure used to address various gynecological conditions, like the presence of abnormal cervical cells that may lead to the development of cervical cancer. This minimally invasive technique utilizes a focused laser beam to precisely target and destroy the abnormal cells while preserving the surrounding healthy tissue.
When would someone need cervical laser ablation?
Cervical laser ablation is recommended when there is a presence of abnormal cervical tissue or cells, which are often detected during a routine Pap smear. Conditions like cervical dysplasia or certain types of HPV infections can lead to these abnormalities. To help prevent the progression of these conditions into cervical cancer, laser ablation cone treatment is a popular and convenient solution. During an initial consultation, Dr. Sotomayor will thoroughly evaluate and review your history, symptoms, and previous Pap smear results and discuss your options at length before determining whether laser ablation may be right for you.
How is laser ablation cone treatment performed?
Laser ablation begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Once the area is numb, Dr. Sotomayor will use a laser beam to carefully destroy abnormal cervical cells. The precision of the laser minimizes damage to healthy tissue, promoting faster healing and recovery. The procedure is typically performed in our office and takes about 10 – 15 minutes, meaning patients can return home almost immediately after their treatment.
Does laser ablation of the cervix hurt?
Most patients report minimal discomfort during and after the procedure. The topical anesthetic numbs the area, making the procedure itself virtually painless.
What is recovery like after laser ablation cone treatment?
After the procedure, patients may experience light side effects, but these are usually mild and should resolve on their own. Some things to keep in mind after your laser ablation of the cervix include:
• Watery discharge: It's common to experience watery discharge for a few days or weeks after the procedure. This is a normal part of the healing process.
• Activity restrictions: To ensure proper healing, it's recommended to pause certain activities, such as sexual intercourse, tampon use, and intense physical activities, for a few days or until your doctor clears you to resume them.
• Regular follow-ups: Make sure to schedule and attend follow-up appointments — including regular Pap smears — with your gynecologist to monitor your healing progress and overall cervical health.
Protect your health and wellness with laser ablation cone treatment in Norcross, GA
If you're looking for a convenient, effective, minimally invasive solution for addressing abnormal cervical cells or tissue, the Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta is here to help. To learn more about laser ablation cone treatment and how it may help reduce your risk of developing cervical cancer related to abnormal cells detected on a Pap smear, schedule a consultation with experienced Atlanta, GA gynecologist Dr. Gerry Sotomayor today.