When a woman has abnormal pap smear results, abnormal uterine bleeding, bleeding after menopause, uterine adhesions, polyps, or fibroids, a hysteroscopy may be necessary to evaluate these issues.
A hysteroscopy is a visual examination of the cervical canal and the interior of the uterus using a lighted, thin, flexible tube called a hysteroscope. Inserted through the vagina, the hysteroscope gives your doctor easy visual access to assess the cervix and uterus lining.
The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis in our office, with local or no anesthesia required. The procedure can be performed to diagnose underlying causes of infertility or multiple miscarriages and therapeutically, hysteroscopy may be used to correct uterine issues. Smaller adhesions or fibroids can be removed using the hysteroscopy (often eliminating the need for surgery) and endometrial biopsy and ablation may be removed using the procedure.
Light vaginal bleeding is common following the procedure, as with any cervical exam, as well as light cramping or discharge.
If your doctor determines a hysteroscopy is necessary in your situation, your doctor will thoroughly explain the procedure and any risks associated as well as give you the opportunity to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Your doctor may instruct you to avoid douching, inserting anything into the vagina and avoiding sexual intercourse for two weeks following the procedure - or an alternate period of time as determined by your specific situation.
Health Choice OB/GYN is here to answer any questions you may have regarding the procedure and to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Contact our office at any time to discuss your concerns.