I recently posted a thread about my LLETZ results which confused me as there was no mention of margins. However the letter did confirm that I had CIN3 and had been discharged from the colposcopy clinic back to the GP and that I needed to book a smear in 6 months time. A follow up chat with the the colposcopy nurse at the hospital and my GP confirmed that although I did not have clear margins, the cauterisation would probably have got the rest of the cells and that I should not worry. Both said I needed to book a smear in 6 months time (my GP actually told me to come back for an examination in 3 months time, just to calm me that bit more). So after my initial stress, I came away reassurred and hoping that I could put this all behind me for the moment and just get on with life.
I have been away from my flat for the weekend and came back to find another one of the dreaded envelopes with the NHS logo on the outside. Cue fear/panic/tears. The letter was a confirmation for a colposcopy follow up appointment for April 2013 (6 months after my LLETZ). My confusion is this: In my LLETZ results letter it says I was discharged from the colposcopy clinic, so why are they calling me back in for a follow up? Second, I thought I would only need to go back for another colposcopy if my 6 month smear still showed abnormalities. If I am already booked in for a colposcopy in 6 months time, do I need to book a smear? Or will they do it then? I thought it was up to me to book the smear at my GP clinic?? Is my confusion justified?? Or am I panicking over nothing? It worries me that if I have been booked in for a colposcopy already, they are presuming I will still have abnormalities and will need further treatment.
I will of course call up the clinic tomorrw but I just wanted to see if anyone else had a similar experience? I feel like I am getting conflicting information. I hate the way the hospitals just send out these letters with virtually no explanation and I then have to spend ages faffing about trying to get hold of someone at the hospital who can give me some information!! Just needed to VENT - apologies if I have gone on a bit!!