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I have not had the LEEP, but just had my second opinion yesterday. My doctor has offered me 2 choices of treatment 1.) cryotherapy 2.) LEEP. He offered this information to me about the LEEP: The LEEP has a higher curative rate, but also a higher complication rate. He told me the procedure iitself takes no more than 5 minutes and usually is tolerated well. He did say that about 7-14 days after the procedure some patients experience marked bleeding which brings them back to the office to be cauterized. ( Because it can be heavy.) 2.) Cryotherapy: he said a 15-20 minute procedure which my cervix will be frozen for 3 minutes, thawed for 5 minutes, frozen again for 3 minutes. There is no bleeding, but a very watery discharge that can last up to 6 weeks and heavy at times. The curative rate is less, the complication rate is less. I chose the second option because I was worried about the LEEP. I don't want to scare you but only make you aware. I have read alot of info that speaks of how easy the LEEP is, but not much is really emphasized about what possible complications can arise. If you find anything out of the ordinary that worries you, I would contact your physician. My doc spent time to make sure I understood the complication rate. I hope this helps and everything works out for you...

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