What are the risks with Lletz procedure?

Although the risks associated with a LLETZ procedure are very low, you should be aware that every surgical procedure has some risk.

There are some specific risks to be aware of in relation to this operation:

  • Excessive bleeding from the cervix, which may need blood transfusion or further surgery, either initially or within weeks of the procedure.
  • Infection may be introduced into the cervix, uterus, tubes or abdomen. This may require treatment with antibiotics.
  • Sometimes not all of the abnormal tissue is completely removed, requiring further surgery
  • Uncommonly, the cervix may be weakened by this procedure resulting in a slight increase in the future pregnancy risk of a late miscarriage or preterm birth.
  • Rarely the cervix may be damaged and narrowed leading to painful periods, difficulty in performing adequate pap smears, or problems in the progress of a future labour.