Colposcopy is a procedure performed by Dr. Unterseher to closely inspect your cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease. A colposcope is a special microscope designed to look at this area of the body. A colposcopy is advised when a Pap smear or pelvic examination reveals certain abnormalities. It is useful in the diagnosis of:
- cervical cancer
- genital warts
- inflammation of the cervix
- precancerous changes in the tissue of the cervix, vagina, or vulva
- cancer of the vagina or vulva
Dr. Unterseher typically performs colposcopy in his office. The whole procedure normally takes 10 to 20 minutes to complete. The procedure itself involves having the patient lie on her back on the exam table with her feet positioned in the foot holders. Dr. Unterseher places a speculum in the vagina in order to adequately visualize the cervix and vagina. The cervix and vagina are then wiped clear with a saline solution and then inspected under magnification. Then a vinegar solution is then applied with cotton balls to the areas to be inspected. The area is inspected once again under magnification and if any suspicious areas are found, a small sample of the tissue (biopsy) is obtained.
For patients that have a biopsy as part of their colposcopy, they may experience some very light vaginal bleeding for a day or two. Also, patients would also be advised to abstain from vaginal intercourse for two weeks if a biopsy was performed. Dr. Unterseher will see you back in the office in one or two weeks for review of the findings and plan any further treatment.
If you are interested in more information regarding colposcopy, call the caring staff at Esplanade Women’s Care under the direction of Dr. Raleigh Unterseher.
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