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CO2 laser treatment

Using HCA Heathcare's CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser to remove abnormal cells from the cervix.

About

If screening results reveal abnormal tissue on your cervix that could turn cancerous your consultant may suggest treatment. HCA Healthcare'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 2 to 3 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 2 to 3 weeks •pads should be used instead of tampons for 2 to 3 weeks •sexual intercourse should be avoided for 2 to 3 weeks •do not douche, or use jets of water to clean.
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Our consultants

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

Our facilities

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

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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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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