I came across this forum in my search for informaction regarding a cone biopsy. I am 28 years old and have had my second smear of my life in October this year which to my surprise came back abnormal so was referred for a colposcopy by the Nhs. The waiting time for this was around 4-5 weeks and on the letter it said I had severe dyskariosis which panicked me to no end, not to mention that I was advised I would be seen by a nurse for my colposcopy. Therefore I took matters into my own hands and decided to go see a private consultant. She very kindly explained the situation to me and did the colposcopy which I was able to watch on a monitor and she explained each step of the way. She said that my cervix looked perfectly normal but she wanted to repeat the smear and also test me for HPV and was advised to come back in two weeks for results. So two weeks later I went and she reassured me that I do not have cancer but I tested positive for HPV 16,31,52,57 and also RNA positive which she explained means that there is a risk of these cells becoming cancerous in the future. So she advised that she wants to perform a small operation under general anaesthetic to remove the affected cells. This is a cone biopsy to my understanding. I am booked in to have the surgery in January and although I am convinced this is the best course of action I do have some concerns (having watched some gory YouTube videos on the procedure!). If any of you have had this done could you please let me know what your experience has been like, how long did the general anaesthetic last for, was there any pain afterwards and what were the side effects? I know it is individual to every woman but would feel much better knowing what to expect. I am a bit reluctant about going under general anesthetic but at the same time I don't know if I could bear having this done awake.
I would be grateful for any input. Thank you for reading this