If your Pap smear came back with abnormal results, you might need a colposcopy. At ACE OBGYN, Stefan Novac, MD, FACOG, understands that you’re anxious to learn more. He and his skilled team provide women in Pembroke Pines and Weston, Florida, with comprehensive obstetrics and gynecological services, including colposcopy testing. Call the office to schedule a colposcopy, or use the online scheduler to book now.
A colposcopy is a minimally invasive test that Dr. Novac uses to get a closer look at your cervix, vulva, and vagina after an abnormal Pap smear. Using a colposcope, a magnifying device with a light, he’s able to further evaluate abnormalities.
If you’ve already had a Pap smear and it showed that you have abnormal cells on your cervix, Dr. Novac recommends you schedule a colposcopy. You’re a candidate for colposcopy if you’re experiencing:
The quick in-office procedure helps your care team at ACE OBGYN diagnose your problem and move toward a permanent solution.
There isn’t much to do to prepare for a colposcopy, but there are a few things to avoid prior to your exam. The test is more accurate if you:
In addition, it’s best if you aren’t menstruating at the time of your colposcopy because it can interfere with Dr. Novac’s ability to get a clear view of your abnormal cells.
Most patients tolerate the procedure quite well. It’s performed right in the comfort of Dr. Novac’s office and only takes about 15 minutes. Because it’s noninvasive, you won’t even need anesthesia.
While your legs are in stirrups, Dr. Novac inserts the colposcope into your vagina and shines the magnified light. You may feel a slight pinch as you do during a Pap smear or a bit of heat from the light, but it isn’t painful.
If your colposcopy reveals that you have HPV or other abnormalities, Dr. Novac uses cryotherapy to freeze the cells and remove them from your cervix. The procedure only damages the problem cells and doesn’t affect healthy tissue.
If you’ve been told you need a colposcopy, try not to worry. The entire team at ACE OBGYN is extremely knowledgeable and will take great care of you. Call today for a confidential consultation, or use the online scheduler to book now.