A hysteroscope, used in a hysteroscopy, is a slender telescope-like instrument. Hysteroscopy can usually be done in a doctor’s office, but it may also be done in a surgery center or hospital.
What is hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding and other uterine conditions. The hysteroscope is inserted into the vagina, through the cervical opening, and into the uterus. Your gynecologist views the image on a high-resolution monitor.
What is hysteroscopy used for?
- To provide permanent birth control by placing small implants into the fallopian tubes.
- To diagnose and treat abnormal bleeding: heavy bleeding, longer menstrual bleeding, or bleeding between menstrual periods.
- To remove adhesions from infections or past surgeries.
- To diagnose the cause of miscarriages.
- To locate and remove an intrauterine device.
- To diagnose and correct anomalies of the uterus
What happens during a hysteroscopy?
Anesthesia may or may not be necessary, depending on the procedure. When required, anesthesia may be local or intravenous. The procedure can usually be done in a doctor’s office, but occasionally may be done at the surgery center or hospital. A speculum will be inserted into the vagina and then the hysteroscope will be inserted through the cervix and into the inside of the uterus. Sterile saline will be introduced through the hysteroscope so your gynecologist can easily see the inside of the cervix and uterus on the screen.
If a biopsy is required, small instruments will be used through the hysteroscope to perform the biopsy.
What is the Recovery Time after a Hysteroscopy?
You should be able to go home shortly after the procedure is finished. You will need someone to provide transportation for you. You may have mild cramping or a bloody discharge for a few days after the procedure.