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A biopsy is usually done in the doctor's office with local anesthesia. In order to perform a biopsy, your doctor will remove tissue from your cervix, which will be checked for precancerous cells or cancer cells.
Punch Biopsy
In order to perform a punch biopsy, your doctor will use a sharp, hollow device to pinch off small samples of cervical tissue.
In order to perform a LEEP, your doctor will use an electric wire loop to slice off a thin, round piece of cervical tissue.
Endocervical Curettage
An endocervical curettage is a procedure in which your doctor will use a curette (a small, spoon-shaped instrument) to scrape a small sample of tissue from the cervical canal. Some doctors may use a thin, soft brush instead of a curette.
A conization is a test that is usually done in the hospital while the patient is under general anesthesia. In order to perform a conization, your doctor will remove a cone-shaped sample of tissue. A conization will allow your doctor to see if abnormal cells are in the tissue beneath the surface of the cervix; a conization can be used to remove a precancerous area.

What to Expect With Diagnostic Procedures

In these procedures, removing tissue from the cervix may cause bleeding, other discharge, and pain similar to menstrual cramps. However, the area usually heals quickly and medicine can be used to relieve discomfort.
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