What is a hysteroscopy?
The physician views the inside of the uterus during a minor surgical procedure called a hysteroscopy. After the patient is asleep the uterine cavity is filled with fluid, causing it to expand, and a small “telescope” is passed through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. The walls of the uterus and the openings to the fallopian tubes can be seen with this procedure.
Why do I need a hysteroscopy?
The physician can identify polyps, fibroids, adhesions, and other structural abnormalities that may have been identified previously with ultrasound, HSG or sonohysterogram. Many conditions can be surgically treated with hysteroscopy.
What are the risks of a hysteroscopy?
The hysteroscopy is a very safe procedure, but complications can occur less than one percent of the time. The most common complications include bleeding, infection, and puncture to the uterine wall.
What can I expect after a hysteroscopy?
After the use of anesthesia for the procedure, most patients feel drowsy for one day. Vaginal spotting and watery vaginal discharge are common symptoms for one to two days following a hysteroscopy.