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Colposcopy procedure

A colposcopy procedure is usually recommended if a smear (cervical screening) test has shown there is a problem with the cells in your cervix. Book online today.

A colposcopy is a procedure to examine your cervix (neck of the womb). A colposcopy is usually recommended if a smear test has shown there is a problem with the cells in your cervix.

In order to have a colposcopy, you need a consultation with a specialist first. During this consultation, your specialist will review your symptoms and determine whether a colposcopy is the right procedure for you. If they confirm you need a colposcopy, your healthcare team will help you book the procedure for a later date.  

You must be aged over 18 and book your own appointment to use this service. If you would like to book an appointment for anyone under the age of 18, please call us on 0808 149 6830.

Colposcopy and LLETZ costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

If you think you may need colposcopy and you aren’t speaking to one of our Consultants yet, book an initial consultation to discuss this using our online booking portal. If you need a colposcopy, they will arrange it for you at a later date.

A colposcopy usually takes between ten and twenty minutes.

A colposcopy involves an examination of your cervix. Your gynaecologist can perform biopsies (removing small pieces of tissue) to help make the diagnosis. If your gynaecologist decides it is best to treat the problem straightaway, they will usually perform a LLETZ (large loop excision of the transformation zone). A LLETZ is a minor operation to remove part of the cervix. Other treatments include laser treatment and freezing (cryocautery).

If you have abnormal cells, a colposcopy is the only way of finding out the type of abnormality and how serious the problem is.

A member of the healthcare team will tell you what was found during the colposcopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

You should be able to go home the same day.

You should be able to go back to work and normal activities the day after your colposcopy.

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When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:   

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and Consultant suit your needs  
  • Personalised, Consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs  
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams  
  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end  
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included  
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Specialists offering Colposcopy procedure

Mr Alasdair Gordon

Consultant Gynaecologist


The Clementine Churchill Hospital 4 more The Princess Margaret Hospital Syon Clinic The Chiltern Hospital The Shelburne Hospital

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