What is a Hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a diagnostic procedure which is done by using a hysteroscope, a very thin telescope, that is inserted into the vagina to exam the interior of your cervix and uterus, in order to diagnose or treat the possible causes of abnormal bleeding. It can also be used for therapeutic reasons.
Why Would You Need a Hysteroscopy?
Since hysteroscopy can be used either as a diagnostic or treatment procedure, your doctor will perform it in relation to the following uterine conditions:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Polyps and uterine fibroids
- Uterine adhesion, also known as Asherman’s syndrome
- Uterine malformations, such as uterine septum
What Does a Hysteroscopy Involve?
Before the Procedure
Before the procedure, your doctor will explain to you the reasons and the steps of the procedure. Here, you should mention if you have any other condition or take any medication. Also, you are not allowed to drink or eat anything at least 8 hours before the procedure. The procedure usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. If you have treatment at the same time, this might increase the time accordingly.
After the Procedure
You should be able to go home the same day. If you had treatment as well, you might have to stay for overnight.
Hysteroscopy Possible Risks and Complications
Hysteroscopy is a very safe procedure. There is small risk of perforation of the uterus which usually resolves on its own. In some cases you might need additional sutures to correct the defect.