IN-OFFICE DIAGNOSTIC HYSTEROSCOPY
The hysteroscopic procedure is performed to identify uterine abnormalities. The uterus and fallopian tubes are checked with an X-ray dye test called HSG. Diagnostic hysteroscopy is often performed in a doctor's office. You cannot undergo a hysteroscopy if you are pregnant.
Diagnostic hysteroscopy may require the following:
- Unusual pap test results
- Unusual uterine bleeding
- Bleeding after menopause
- Diagnose the reason for infertility or miscarriages
- Find uterine scarring, polyps, or fibroids and remove them
- Locate and remove misplaced IUDs (Intrauterine devices)
- Insert tiny birth control inserts into the fallopian tubes
- Biopsy of a small tissue sample
- Endometrial lining removal
ADVANTAGES & EFFICACY
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recovery time
- Less pain medication needed after surgery
- Avoidance of hysterectomy
- Possible avoidance of "open" abdominal surgery
What are the advantages of the procedure?
This is a nearly non-invasive procedure. You may feel almost no pain, and anesthesia is not always required.
Are there risks and side effects?
This procedure has a very low chance of risks and side effects. However, there is still the potential for minor cramping, light bleeding, infection, perforation of the uterus, and heavy bleeding.
Do I need recovery time after the procedure?
You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure. You may feel a little discomfort, but it will go away soon.