Laser Vaporization

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What is laser vaporization?

Laser vaporization is the use of a laser to destroy cells, usually of the cervix, vagina or vulva that have premalignant (dysplastic) cells in them.

Why is this procedure necessary?

This procedure is necessary to destroy premalignant cells that may develop into cancerous cells if left untreated.

What are risks associated with laser vaporization?

Risks associated with laser vaporization include:

  • Damage to a vein or artery that could cause serious bleeding
  • Infection at the incision site
  • Recurrence of lesion infection
  • Chronic pain or scarring

How should I prepare for laser vaporization?

Follow your health care provider's instructions about not smoking before and after the procedure. Smokers heal more slowly after surgery. They are also more likely to have breathing problems during surgery. For this reason, if you are a smoker, you should quit at least 2 weeks before the procedure. It is best to quit 6 to 8 weeks before surgery. Also, your wounds will heal much better if you do not smoke after surgery.

Follow any other instructions your provider gives you. If you are to have general anesthesia, eat a light meal, such as soup or salad, the night before surgery. Do not eat or drink after midnight.  Do not even drink coffee, tea, or water.

What happens after this procedure?

You may go home later in the day. You should avoid heavy lifting, tampons, douching, and sexual intercourse for 4 weeks after the procedure. First, plan for your care and recovery after the operation. Allow for time to rest. Try to find other people to help you with your day-to-day duties. Ask your health care provider what other steps you should take and when you should come back for a checkup.

When should I call Greenville OB/GYN?

Call our emergency number at any time if:

  • You have a fever over 100 F (37.8 C).

Call during regular office hours if:

  • You have questions about the procedure or its result.
  • You want to make another appointment.

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