Private Colposcopy Harley Street, London
When is a colposcopy required?
Colposcopy is typically recommended when abnormal cervical cell changes are found during a Pap smear or pelvic exam. It can also be used to diagnose and monitor cervical cancer or precancerous conditions. Additionally, colposcopy can be used to evaluate any symptoms of cervical or vaginal abnormalities such as abnormal bleeding, discharge, or pain.
The reason for referring a woman for colposcopy is simply to ensure that the changes suggested by the smear test are either confirmed or excluded by the colposcopy examination. Therefore, it is part of the screening system to ensure that no abnormalities are missed on the cervical cells. If there are abnormalities diagnosed then the patient can be monitored or treated at the same time as needed.
Where is a colposcopy carried out?
Colposcopy is typically performed in a hospital or clinic setting by a gynaecologist accredited to perform this test. It may take place in an exam room or in a dedicated colposcopy suite.
What happens during a colposcopy procedure?
The colposcope is a camera test. We apply some solutions on the cervix and under the direct vision of the camera. At this stage we are looking to see if the changes suggested by the smear test become visible on the colposcope. If they are visible then we need to assess at what level these changes are. At that time a small biopsy may be required. This biopsy feels like a gentle pinch on the cervix to sample a very tiny fraction from the cervical tissues.
What happens if you have a biopsy taken?
The biopsy sample is sent to the lab to ensure that the smear test, the colposcopy impression and the biopsy results are all align to create a clinical story. This ensures that any pre-cancerous cells are not missed.
At the same time if these changes are of the mild type then we could probably just observe and monitor the patient, however if they are of the moderate or severe type then we could discuss a form of treatment.
Is colposcopy painful?
The examination is not particularly painful but it may be perceived as uncomfortable, simply because we need to insert a speculum that will help us to visualise the cervix satisfactorily in order to perform the test.
Generally speaking most patients tolerate the examination quite well, however if the smear test for example has been on the slightly painful side, then in preparation for colposcopy it is best to take some painkillers before coming to the appointment. Simple painkillers such as paracetamol should be fine.
How to Prepare for a Colposcopy
A colposcopy does not require a particular preparation. On the other hand, if there is a clinical doubt that the patient may be pregnant, it is advisable to inform the referrer (whether the person making the referral is a GP or a nurse specialist) as well as the clinician.
We conduct a pregnancy test as well to check the pregnancy status. Depending on how strongly indicated the colposcopy test we may continue or defer the test until three moths after delivery.
We will provide all the necessary information and instructions to prepare for the test and we will also explain the results and any follow-up that may be necessary.
Overall, the colposcopy is a safe and effective diagnostic tool that can help detect and monitor cervical abnormalities, and it is an important part of the cervical screening process.
Reasons to Choose The Rylon Clinic
At the Rylon Clinic colposcopy is performed in a dedicated clinic supported by administrative and nursing staff who work in a multidisciplinary approach to ensure the test is done to the highest standards of care, and ensuring that the patient is comfortable throughout the process.
A "One Stop Gynaecology Clinic"
Here at the Rylon clinic we offer a one-stop gynaecology clinic with advanced diagnostic imaging tools.
Mr Naji is bilingual in both English and Arabic and is therefore the ideal consultant for international patients.
Mr Naji has an excellent reputation and several hospitals including the world renowned Guy's and St Thomas'.
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Private Colposcopy Clinic in Harley Street London, UK
Mr Naji runs his clinic from several different locations in London these include:
The Harley Street Clinic,
Devonshire Diagnostic Centre
16 Devonshire Street
London< UK W1G 7AF
Royal Brompton &
77 Wimpole Street
London, UK W1G 9RU
The Princess Grace Hospital
42-52 Nottingham Place
London, UK W1U 5NY
The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Rd,
London, UK SW1W 8RH
Author: Mr Naji
Mr Naji provides advanced gynaecology scanning which is essential when conducting any gynaecology consultation, he is bilingual in English and Arabic and has an NHS base at the highly reputable Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital London.
He is passionate about raising awareness of various subtle signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers that are often overlooked by patients.
You can read more about Mr Naji on his about page here.