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What is Pap smear?

16:14 - 13 May , 2021

Medical procedure



It is a gynecological exam performed to detect the presence of cervical cancer, as well as the existence of abnormal cells in the cervix that could later turn into cancer.

During the test:

Your doctor must indicate the best time to perform this test. It is usually recommended to perform the test every 2 or 3 years in women older than 20 years, although the probability of having this type of cancer increases after the age of 30 and when there is a family history of cervical cancer, so it is recommended to perform it once a year.

After the test:

Typically, the test is performed in a few minutes and without major complications. >Your doctor will remove a small sample of cells from your cervix, and the results will be ready for interpretation shortly.>

Do not worry, you can return to your daily activities that same day without major problems.

Potential risks:

There are no risks or complications associated with this test. After the test results, and only in case of suspicion, your doctor may consider a new test to confirm or rule out the diagnosis.

At ABC Medical Center we have a team of experts in the various branches of gynecology ready to serve you with world-class quality and safety standards, as well as the humane treatment and warmth that characterizes us.

Come to us and you will receive the best care available in Mexico and Latin America.

We are pioneers in gynecologic laparoscopy, which allows us to offer you the best treatment options, with shorter hospitalization times, as well as faster and less painful recovery, taking care of the aesthetic aspect with smaller scars than open surgeries. We offer you robot-assisted gynecologic surgeries, being an even less invasive and more precise procedure that provides benefits such as:

20% of the total robot surgeries of ABC Medical Center correspond to this specialty, which places us as a cutting-edge institution with vast experience and leadership in the field for the benefit of our patients.

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