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Cone Biopsy

Alternate Names : Cervical Cone Biopsy, Cervical Conization

Cone Biopsy | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

Some light vaginal bleeding and discharge may be normal for up to one week after a cone biopsy. A sanitary pad may be used as needed for bleeding. Sexual intercourse, douching, and tampon use should be avoided for at least one week. This allows the cervix time to heal. There may be slight soreness or discomfort in the vagina for a day or two after the biopsy.

Results from the cone biopsy are usually available within one week. If cancer of the cervix is detected, treatment options include further surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and biological response modifiers such as interferon.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Complications of a cone biopsy are rare but may include bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Cone Biopsy: Preparation & Expectations


Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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