A modern colposcope is a digital microscope for diagnosing cell changes on the cervix.
Why are Colposcopies Performed?
A colposcopy is performed if you have an abnormal cervical screening test, a visible lesion on the cervix, abnormal uterine bleeding (especially post-coital bleeding) or excessive vaginal discharge.
Our Colposcopy Process
At our clinic, we prioritise your comfort and care during every procedure, including a colposcopies.
You can rest assured knowing a compassionate and understanding nurse will be there to support you throughout the entire process. Additionally, we offer a private space for you to change into a gown before and after the procedure. Here’s a brief overview of our colposcopy process:
- Dr Kliman has an automated comfortable examination couch with a built in digital colposcope. After you’re made comfortable on the examination couch and draped with a blanket, a speculum is inserted into the vagina and the digital microscope will be focused on the cervix.
- We use speculums or instruments that are inserted into the vagina to visualise your cervix that have been especially designed to be narrow and therefore comfortable.
- A cervical screening test is usually taken and the cervix will be visualised after it has been painted with a weak solution of acetic acid which will help to show up any cell abnormalities.
- A green filter which automatically provides a green light on the colposcope also assists to identify abnormalities of any blood vessels. Any abnormal cellular changes of the vagina can also be visualised.
- If a significant abnormality is identified a small biopsy is usually taken under local anaesthetic. This is a painless procedure and may be followed by light spotting for up to 24 hours.
A television monitor is present next to the examination couch and if you wish, you can visualise the procedure as it is taking place and Dr Len Kliman can explain the findings to you. Both you and your GP will be notified of all results and what management and follow-up is required.
How Long Does a Colposcopy Take?
The entire procedure including a biopsy if necessary takes approximately 20 minutes.
How Long Does lt Take To Be Told Of Any Results?
The result of cervical screening tests and any biopsy will take around one week to be forwarded to Dr Len Kliman. We will contact you immediately once any results are received.
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Associate Professor Kliman is a trained colposcopist and is registered as such with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
To retain this accreditation, a specialist must attend scientific meetings and workshops organised through the ASCCP (Australian and New Zealand Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology).
Associate Professor Kliman also monitors all results and compares his prediction to biopsy results to ensure the accuracy of his procedures.
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