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[QUOTE=Sasy]Hi,

I'm new to this board but just reading it I find it very helpful and think it's a great thing. Anyways, this my story.....

I finally went to the GYN in February after not being to one in almost 6 years (no insurance). I was told I had medium to high grade dysplasia and that I needed a colposcopy. :eek: At that time the doctor said he only seen 2 small sites that were abnormal and took the biopsies. Well yesterday he called me telling me that pathology results came back and i had severe dysplasia and that I needed a LEEP cone biopsy. My appt is for next week. This is all happening so fast and my head is spinning that when I have the chance to ask questions and learn about what is going on with my body.... my mind goes blank. Any suggestions to what questions I should be asking the doctor, am I entitled to have a copy of the pathology report, and I don't even understand the margin factor. Any help or support would be appreciated. :) Thanks for listening... it's nice to no that I am talking with people who now what I am going thru.[/QUOTE] You can have a copy of your pathology report if you want to but it will probably be mostly Greek to you without someone to interpret it.
Basically, "margins" are the edges of the biopsy (the small piece removed from your cervix). If abnormal cells go all the way out to the edge, then the pathologist (doc who evaluates the biopsy) has no way of knowing how deep the abnormality is and therefore there is no clear idea how much of your cervix is involved. Hence, your doc recommends a LEEP (removal of a cone shaped piece) of your cervix in an effort to get ALL of the abnormal areas AND clear margins (no abnormalities in the edges of the specimen).
What I recommend is that you sit down and write out the questions that occur to YOU. What do YOU want to know? (do you have questions about future fertility? about re-occurence? about recovery time?) Because the one person who can answer you best is your physician. Once you have some questions down, call him/her or ask them before the LEEP procedure begins. Don't worry over not getting ALL your questions written down ('cause some will occur to you later, guaranteed) that's what phones are for!

best wishes,
charli
highest wt: 233
203/146/146 on the Fat Flush Plan for life and perky to the max!
[QUOTE=csoar2004]You can have a copy of your pathology report if you want to but it will probably be mostly Greek to you without someone to interpret it.
Basically, "margins" are the edges of the biopsy (the small piece removed from your cervix). If abnormal cells go all the way out to the edge, then the pathologist (doc who evaluates the biopsy) has no way of knowing how deep the abnormality is and therefore there is no clear idea how much of your cervix is involved. Hence, your doc recommends a LEEP (removal of a cone shaped piece) of your cervix in an effort to get ALL of the abnormal areas AND clear margins (no abnormalities in the edges of the specimen).
What I recommend is that you sit down and write out the questions that occur to YOU. What do YOU want to know? (do you have questions about future fertility? about re-occurence? about recovery time?) Because the one person who can answer you best is your physician. Once you have some questions down, call him/her or ask them before the LEEP procedure begins. Don't worry over not getting ALL your questions written down ('cause some will occur to you later, guaranteed) that's what phones are for!

best wishes,
charli
highest wt: 233
203/146/146 on the Fat Flush Plan for life and perky to the max![/QUOTE]

Thanks for your help and your suggestions!! :) Hopefully all will go well and I'll get good news after my LEEP.





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