Why get a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopic procedure is a low-risk way for your gynecologist to evaluate the interior of your uterus and obtain specimens for evaluation or to test certain conditions.
There are several common symptoms that may require getting a hysteroscopy, including:
- Heavy periods
- Post-menopausal bleeding
- Abnormal bleeding
Hysteroscopy – What to expect?
If your gynecologist recommends you get a hysteroscopy to diagnose certain conditions, the following is important information:
The primary tool used for hysteroscopy is a hysteroscope. Being a small, thin, telescope-like instrument used for looking through the cervix and into the uterus. It is an outpatient procedure and should take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. Depending on whether it is for diagnostic purposes or operative purposes.
Performing the minor procedure in an office or as an out-patient. Depending on the patient and the problems to be addressed and can be done at GPHW. Dilating the cervix and inserting the hysteroscope into the uterus. Allowing the gynecologist to take samples of the uterus lining. As well as, removing any fibroids or polyps if necessary.
A hysteroscopy does not involve any cuts or stitching to the abdomen.
You may expect some cramps following the procedure. However, you should be able to return to normal activities the next day.