What is Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is primarily a diagnostic procedure that helps your doctor to look inside your uterus to examine and treat conditions that cause abnormal bleeding. This procedure is performed with the help of a thin tube inserted into the vagina. The tip of this device has a light and a miniature camera that provides visuals of the cervix and the uterus interior. The operative form of hysteroscopy can help remove polyps, adhesions, and fibroids.
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Why Do I Need Hysteroscopy?
Your doctor may perform hysteroscopy to:
- Examine problems or symptoms – such as unexplained and unusual vaginal bleeding, pelvic pain, heavy periods, postmenopausal bleeding, not conceiving, frequent miscarriages, uterine septum, and perforation of the uterus
- Diagnose health conditions – such as polyps or fibroids
- Carry out treatments – such as removing intrauterine adhesions, displaced IUDs, polyps, and fibroids
- Cleaning the uterine cavity – typically after miscarriage
Hysteroscopy is an alternative to dilatation and curettage (D&C), an obsolete procedure for womb examination and removing abnormal growths.
What Happens During A Hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy may last between 5 and 30 minutes. Here are the steps involved in this procedure:
- The doctor will ask you to lie on a couch and hold your legs in support.
- They may insert an instrument called a speculum into the vagina. This instrument assists the diagnostic procedure by holding the vagina open.
- The doctor uses an antiseptic solution to clean the vagina and cervix.
- Then, they insert a hysteroscope into the vagina and pass it into the womb. You may experience discomfort and cramping as the hysteroscope moves through your cervix.
- The doctor will gently push fluid into the womb to view the inside.
- They will take pictures of the inside through the hysteroscope’s camera to identify abnormalities.
The hysteroscopy procedure doesn’t usually require anesthesia. Hence, you will be awake during the course. You can ask the doctor or nurse to stop when the process becomes too uncomfortable.
Sometimes, the hysteroscopy may assist in removing polyps or fibroids. This procedure is usually an outpatient surgery since it involves passing tiny surgical instruments along with the hysteroscope to remove abnormal growths. Your doctor will use anesthesia to help you remain comfortable during this treatment.
What To Expect After Hysteroscopy?
You will be able to go home soon after the diagnostic hysteroscopy. However, in the case of operative hysteroscopy, you will need to stay in the hospital or clinic for a few hours until the effect of anesthesia wears away.
You can discuss the procedure’s findings before you leave the clinic. In case of a biopsy, you will get the report after a few weeks.
You may resume your routine activities the same day. However, you will need to take off work or other activities if you had a biopsy or any other treatment during hysteroscopy.
Is a Hysteroscopy Risky?
A hysteroscopy is a safe procedure with minimal risk of complications. This risk is generally associated with the treatment performed during the hysteroscopy procedure. Those risks include:
- Accidental damage to the womb: This damage is uncommon and is treatable with antibiotics or another treatment procedure at the hospital.
- Accidental damage to the cervix: This damage happens rarely and can be treated easily.
- Excessive bleeding: This complication might occur after a hysteroscopy that involves surgery.
Womb infection: This problem is generally identifiable with a smelly vaginal discharge and can be treated with antibiotics.
How painful is a hysteroscopy?
For most women, the procedure of hysteroscopy is not quite painful. Only a few people have severe pain with this procedure. You can ask your doctor to stop the process when you feel pain.
How long does a hysteroscopy last?
A hysteroscopy may last 5-30 minutes, depending on the problem being diagnosed and whether the procedure involves a treatment.
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