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Hello! I had my second colposcopy recently and it went fairly smoothly. I was, however, under the influence of 8mg diazepam, and still not what you would call relaxed! I am a bit of a fainter at times and generally not good with medical tests etc. The colposcopist was absolutely lovely. She could obviously pick up on my nervousness and she suggested that if my biopsy results show CIN2, which they might, then she would recommend a LLETZ under GA, purely because of my nervousness rather than any 'awkward to reach' type complications. However, thinking about GA has got me in a tizz as well! It sounds like rather an ordeal and perhaps an unnecessary medical risk to take for a 15-minute minor procedure. I wish I could just be stoic and brave and have it done under diazepam but I think the colposcopist was absolutely right; I imagine it can make their job rather tricky as well if a patient is on-edge.
Anyway, to get to my actual question, I was wondering if anyone has experience of LLETZ or colposcopy under conscious sedation? This seems to involve far less prep and fewer risks. I wonder if hospitals offer it. I know it is offered to nervous dental patients at some dental surgeries and it just seems the ideal middle-ground to me. Perhaps it is more labour-intensive to administer and monitor than GA.
I'm also wondering whether to make a GP appointment to discuss it now, even though I won't have my results for a few weeks so I won't know if I need LLETZ at all. I am jjust worried that the results/referral may be very short-notice and I won't have time to sort it out, OR that I will drive myself mad with thinking in the meantime!
Any advice would be appreciated, and apologies for rambling on for paragraphs! I'm generally feeling okay; it just seems to be at night when I start to work myself up about things!!
I was also wondering if I'll find out if I still have an active HPV infection from the colposcopy as a cytology smear was taken as well. I know they don't look for it in the biopsies because it's not relevant for treatment decisions (if you have CIN2 they'll want to remove it whatever your HPV status), but I know they can see it in the smear tests.
Thank you xxx
Abnormal smear July 2014 (borderline changes)
1st colposcopy August 2014: punch biopsies showed CIN1 and suspected small area of CIN2
2nd colposcopy March 2015: awaiting punch biopsy results