I just wanted to post a success story on here because I know that the majority of posts are from people who are still dealing with abnormal paps, etc. When I was going through this, I kept searching for success stories and found very few. I don't believe its because there are few success stories, but rather, there are many success stories, people just stop visiting these boards once they are cured.
In 2002, I had CIN 111 and a LEEP procedure done. I had totally normal paps until May of 2010. I was shocked and devastated when I got a call from my doctor's office saying I had CIN 1 and HPV. I couldn't believe I was going through this again.
At first, I assumed it was a recurrence from the 2002 issue. After much research and talking with my Doctor (I switched and went to someone who specializes in dysplasia, leeps, etc.) we are almost certain that this was from a new infection NOT a recurrence. So, if that was the case, the first LEEP really did work and was a success.
In October of 2010 I underwent my second LEEP procedure. I am happy to report I have since had FOUR paps come back TOTALLY NORMAL! I went in 6 mos. out, a year out, two years out and now I am 3 years out and doing great and no recurrence of dysplasia!
I also want to add that when I had the second LEEP done, the dysplasia ran right up to the margins. So, the cauterization also does the trick. I am not sure if this is the case if it extends far beyond the margin or into the canal, but in my case, it worked.
After the LEEP in 2010, I also chose to have the HPV vaccine. I know this vaccine does not work on infections that have already happened, but I had no idea what strain I had. I did it for extra protection. I had to pay out of pocket, but it was worth every penny.
Again, I wanted to post this story for all of you who are searching the success rates of LEEPs. Please know that with proper follow-up, the chances that you will NOT have a recurrence are very high.