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Operations: Laser destruction of lesion of cervix uteri

Insurance code: Q0220

Introduction: This information is written by John Fairbank and is provided for the benefit of his patients. Additional information will be given during consultation in the clinic and during the pre-operative discussion. It is not appropriate for all surgeons’ individual practice or for all patients.

Purpose of operation: Laser treatment to the cervix was one of the commonest ways of treating the cervix for smear abnormalities. The tissue was usually vaporised and histology was not always available. As a result the technique has been superseded by newer techniques such as diathermy loop excision (DLE) or large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ).

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Excellent overview of cervical problems, smear abnormalities and cervical treatment options