Originally Posted by *MamaJen*
This is news to me. I had a LEEP about three years ago. I talked to the doctor pretty extensively and did a lot of research, and I was told that scarring should be minimal and it shouldn't be an issue. My understanding was that the older cone procedure could cause scarring and dilation problems, but the more current procedures were fine. But you guys are saying it did present a problem?
YES. I had my LEEP in January 2008, birthed in June 2009. It was some serious pain. My MW arrived at my house after about 5 or 6 hours of active labor and pronounced that I was in transition because of my volume, how much pain I was in, etc. I was only 3 cm! She basically said each band of scar tissue can feel just like transition, and no one knows how many bands/areas each woman has. (She did NOT know about breaking it up, or if she did, she didn't offer it to me! lol) Internal checks were excruciating.
The LEEP basically "burns" the abnormal cells off with a hot wire (I am, clearly, not a doctor...) and the resulting scar/scab is what the scar tissue is. I'd imagine it hasn't changed much over the years. Although I can't comment on a cone, just the LEEP. I could be totally wrong. I am just relating my own experience.
What I heard before my surgery was that a LEEP can cause you to dilate quickly/early (as in needing a stitch, as mentioned below, or that it can prevent dilation, and needs to be broken up, or that for some women it's no problem at all. (everyone is different!) My current MWs and doula say that they seen MANY times where the scar tissue has been manually broken up and the mama, who had been slooowly progressing or not preogressing, suddenly dilates very quickly and has no issues.
Originally Posted by smesler78
To be honest I am really not sure about old and new procedures. I guess maybe I was assuming the leep and the cone biopsy were the same procedure which maybe they r, idk? Back in 2005 is when I had a Cone Biopsy done. Never did the Dr even tell me any aftermath that would occur. I actually found out by going to a clinic for an annual pap and the Dr at the clinic took one peek down there and I remember her reaction was scary. Apparently I didn't have a lot of my cervix left. She told me if I every had children in the future I may need a stitch to hold me closed from dialation. Which was just the opposite that happened being the scar tissue held me closed! Never the less if you need a procedure it's because you have abnormal cells. Which can turn into cancer so take care of number 1 first!!