Hysteroscopy is a procedure used to examine the inside of the uterus (womb). A hysteroscope is a thin, telescope-like instrument with its light source. The hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. This allows your doctor to view the inside of the uterus on a video screen.
Why is a Hysteroscopy Important?
Diagnostic hysteroscopy is used to find the cause of abnormal bleeding from the uterus. It can also be used to find polyps or fibroids.
Treatment hysteroscopy removes polyps, fibroids, or blockages in the uterus. It can also be used to treat heavy bleeding.
Hysteroscopy is usually done as an outpatient procedure. This means you will not have to stay in a hospital overnight. The process takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.
You will likely have some cramping during and after the procedure. You may also have some bleeding and discharge for a few days.
Hysteroscopy can be used to diagnose and treat problems in the uterus.
Before the Procedure
- Physical exam, including a pelvic exam
- Blood tests
- Pap smear
We will ask you about your medications. Sometimes, we may ask you to stop taking them up to 1 week before the procedure.
After the Procedure
You will likely have cramping and bleeding for a few days after the procedure. You may also have some discharge. These are normal side effects. Call us if you have any of the following:
- Heavy bleeding
- Severe pain or cramping
- Signs of infection, such as a foul smell from your vagina or discharge that is green, brown, or has pus in it
- Trouble urinating
- Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
- Increase in swelling of your feet, legs, or abdomen
- If you have polyps or fibroids removed during the procedure, our specialist will send them to a lab for tests. Your results will likely be available in 1 to 2 weeks.
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