Thursday 20 September 2012
Definition: Conization of the cervix is a common treatment for dysplasia following abnormal results from a pap smear.
Cervical conization (CPT codes 57520 (Cold Knife) and 57522 (Loop Excision)) refers to a biopsy of the cervix in which a cone-shaped sample of tissue is removed from the mucous membrane. Conization may be used either for diagnostic purposes, or for therapeutic purposes to remove pre-cancerous cells.
cold knife conization (CKC).
- Usually outpatient.
loop electrical excision procedure (LEEP).
- Usually outpatient, occasionally inpatient.
Side effects of the treatment may include cervical stenosis with a resulting severe endometriosis.
This procedure may increase the risk of incompetent cervix.