Colposcopy Specialist

Advanced Gynecology

Rafael C. Haciski, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Naples, FL

Screenings and preventive care are essential for identifying cancer or other diseases in their early stages. Your annual well-woman exam typically includes a cervical cancer screening through a Pap test, or Pap smear. Dr. Haciski uses a Pap test to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to a long-term problem. If he finds abnormal results, he may recommend further testing, including colposcopy, to determine the nature of the abnormality. A colposcopy provides a magnified look of your cervix.

Colposcopy Q & A

What is a colposcopy?

Screenings and preventive care are essential for identifying cancer or other diseases in their early stages. Your annual well-woman exam typically includes a cervical cancer screening through a Pap test, or Pap smear.

Dr. Haciski uses a Pap test to detect changes in the cells of the cervix that could lead to a long-term problem. If he finds abnormal results, he may recommend further testing, including colposcopy, to determine the nature of the abnormality. A colposcopy provides a magnified look of your cervix.  

What happens during a colposcopy?

Your colposcopy is similar to your annual pelvic exam. Dr. Haciski inserts the speculum to separate your vaginal walls and view your cervix. He then applies a vinegar-like solution to make it easier to spot abnormalities.

Dr. Haciski uses a colposcope -- a lighted, binocular viewing tool -- to examine your cervical cells and identify potentially severe cellular changes. If abnormal cells are present, he might perform a cervical biopsy to remove a small piece of abnormal tissue from the cervix. He then sends this tissue to a lab for further examination.

What is a cervical cone biopsy?

In some cases, Dr. Haciski may recommend a cone biopsy -- a surgical procedure that's more invasive than a standard colposcopy -- when he detects abnormal cells.

During this procedure, Dr. Haciski removes a cone-shaped piece of tissue from your cervix to further diagnose and prevent the spread of disease. Not only does a cone biopsy help diagnose cervical cancer, but it can also help treat the disease in its early stages.

What other conditions require a colposcopy?

Dr. Haciski may use a colposcopy to diagnose numerous cervical diseases, including:

  • Polyps or cervical cysts
  • Genital warts on the cervix
  • Pain or bleeding


If you’ve recently had an abnormal Pap test, Dr. Haciski can identify the cause and provide you with the most effective treatment available. Call the office or request an appointment online today.