What Is A Cone Biopsy? [video]

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What happens during a cone biopsy?

Catherine King - Colposcopy Clinical Nurse Specialist:
A cone biopsy is where we remove a slightly larger sample from the cervix. A cone biopsy is usually done under general anesthetic, and this is where we will cut away a sample of abnormality within the cervix.

What happens after a cone biopsy? After having a cone biopsy, then you're going to be on a ward where we're just going to be monitoring to make sure that you're not in any pain, that you're not experiencing any heavy bleeding. Sometimes after the cone biopsy you'll have a vaginal pack in place, and this is just simply there to make sure that you don't have any heavy bleeding and can be removed shortly afterwards when your team feels that it's an appropriate time. Sometimes you'll have a catheter in place, and this just allows urine to drain away, and that needs to be in place if you've got a vaginal pack there.

Following a cone biopsy, you're going to expect to stay in hospital overnight. Providing you've not got any heavy bleeding, you've been able to have something to eat and drink, you've passed urine, and the team are happy, you should be able to go home the next day. When you go home you can expect some period type discomfort. It's similar to the effects that you may get having had a LLETZ procedure. What we want to do is just make sure that you're taking some simple painkillers, again, if you need to, and then you just need to look out for any heavy bleeding. And if you are worried at all, you need to contact your team just to discuss this. But it's perfectly normal to expect a period type bleed, and this may last for, again, around 4 weeks' time and you may get a little bit of discharge during this time.

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