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CO2 laser treatment

Laser therapy for cancer cells

Using our CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser to remove abnormal cells from the cervix

About CO2 laser treatment

If screening results reveal abnormal tissue on your cervix that could turn cancerous, your consultant may suggest treatment. HCA UK's CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser can be used to burn away any abnormal cells. Treatment can be done as an outpatient procedure, which means you would not have to spend the night in hospital. 

Need to know

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    Your consultant will ask you to remove your clothes below the waist and wrap a paper covering around your waist. You will lie on your back on an examination table with your feet raised and supported by footrests (stirrups). Your consultant will insert a lubricated tool called a speculum camera into your vagina. The speculum gently spreads apart the vaginal walls, allowing the inside of the vagina and the cervix to be examined. The procedure is usually done with a localised anaesthetic injected into the cervix. Laser vaporisation takes approximately 15 minutes. The abnormal tissue is destroyed or removed, leaving normal tissue intact.
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    Your consultant will be able to advise you on how to prepare for your treatment.
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    You should be able to return to normal activity within two to three days after surgery. Recovery time will depend on how much was done during the procedure. After CO2 laser treatment surgery:

    • a watery vaginal discharge may occur for about two to three weeks
    • pads should be used instead of tampons for two to three weeks
    • sexual intercourse should be avoided for two to three weeks
    • do not use a douche or jets of water to clean
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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