Every year, more than 14,000 women in the United States receive a cervical cancer diagnosis. However, with routine Pap smears, the diagnosis occurs during the early stages when the cancer is more treatable. For women with abnormal Pap smears, Anu Kothari, MD, FACOG, and the team at Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, in Hicksville, New York, perform a cervical biopsy to more closely evaluate the cervical tissue and find the cause of the abnormal test. To schedule a cervical biopsy with a team that takes a personalized approach to care, call the office or book online today.
A cervical biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which your provider removes a sample of your cervical tissue and sends it to a pathology lab for examination. You may need a cervical biopsy if the team at Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, has concerns you may have cervical cancer.
There are different types of cervical biopsies:
During a cervical punch biopsy, your OB/GYN uses a circular blade to remove one or more samples of your cervical tissue from different areas of your cervix.
For a cone biopsy, your OB/GYN uses a laser or scalpel to remove a cone-shaped sheet of tissue from your cervix.
During an ECC, your OB/GYN uses a special tool to scrape tissue from your endocervical canal, which is the narrow passageway that connects the uterus to the vagina.
Your OB/GYN performs a cervical biopsy during a colposcopy, which is an in-office procedure that uses a colposcope (magnifying device) to closely examine your cervical tissue.
Your women’s health specialist may recommend a cervical biopsy if you have abnormal results from a Pap smear or human papillomavirus (HPV) test.
The Pap smear is a routine screening for cervical cancer in which your provider collects cells from your cervix during a pelvic exam. For the HPV test, they collect cells from your cervix to look for strains of HPV that may increase your risk of developing cervical cancer.
The Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, team reviews the details of your cervical biopsy during your consultation - so you know what to expect. They may perform your cervical biopsy at the office or at an outpatient surgical center, depending on the type of biopsy you need.
During the cervical biopsy, your OB/GYN places a speculum in your vagina to improve visibility and access to your cervix. They use the colposcope to examine the cervix and then apply a solution that helps find abnormalities.
Your provider then performs the biopsy and sends the tissue to the lab for analysis.
You can expect cramping, spotting, and dark-colored discharge for several days following your cervical biopsy. The team provides specific instructions regarding care and activities after your procedure to ensure proper healing.
The team lets you know when to expect the results from your biopsy after the procedure.
To schedule a cervical biopsy at Comprehensive OB/GYN Healthcare, PC, call the office or book an appointment online today.