A hysteroscopy is a useful procedure that allows us to diagnose and treat a number of issues such as abnormal bleeding or uterine fibroids. Depending upon your individual situation, it can be performed in our office or as an outpatient under general anesthesia. During a hysteroscopy, a thin, lighted tube with a tiny camera is inserted into the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. Liquid is injected into the uterus so we can clearly evaluate the uterine cavity, and sometimes we will remove a small piece of tissue for further examination.
A hysteroscopy can also help diagnose and treat:
- Uterine septums, a malformation of the uterus
- Asherman’s Syndrome or uterine adhesions. These bands of scar tissue can affect your fertility and menstrual flow.
- Abnormal bleeding
- Repeated miscarriages
- Polyps or fibroids
- Unexplained bleeding in postmenopausal women
A hysteroscopy can also be used to perform permanent birth control procedures or locate an intrauterine device. A diagnostic hysteroscopy is used to diagnose problems while an operational hysteroscopy is used to perform a procedure. (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)
How to prepare for your hysteroscopy procedure
First, we want to be sure we have answered any of your questions because we are not only dedicated to your health, but we’re dedicated to patient education. We realize that informed decisions are of paramount importance. You should consider bringing a list of questions with you.
It’s important to let us know if you’re allergic to medicines or other items such as latex, tape or iodine. You should also tell us if you are taking any blood-thinning medications.
Depending upon whether you’re having a diagnostic or operative hysteroscopy, the procedure may be performed in our office or under general or local anesthesia. In some cases, no anesthesia is needed. If you are given anesthesia or a sedative, you will need someone to drive you home.
After the hysteroscopy
It’s normal to have some vaginal bleeding and cramping for a few days after the procedure, but you should report any severe pain, heavy bleeding, discharge or fever to us. Don’t douche or have intercourse for two weeks after a hysteroscopy.
Our expertise and experience sets us apart.
In addition to hysteroscopy, we offer several in-office procedures such as:
- Endometrial ablation to treat heavy periods
- LEEPS for cervical abnormalities
- D&C treatment for early pregnancy loss
- Essure permanent contraception
Our innovative use of hysteroscopic technology enables us to help patients with a wide range of medical conditions. We will be happy to discuss if this procedure is the right choice for you and the best treatment options for any medical problems or conditions you may have.
For more than 40 years, Chapel Hill OBGYN has served women in the Triangle area, sharing the joy of little miracles and supporting them during challenges. Our board-certified physicians and certified nurse midwives bring together the personal experience and convenience of a private practice with the state-of-the-art resources found at larger organizations. To schedule an appointment, please use our online form or call 919-942-8571.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “Patient FAQs- Hysteroscopy.” Online.
Cleveland Clinic. “Hysteroscopy.” Online.
Johns Hopkins. Medical Library. “Hysteroscopy.” Online.