What is a Hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is used to diagnose and treat problems of the uterus. A hysteroscopy is performed by inserting a speculum to open the walls of the vagina. The hysteroscope is gently placed into the uterus through the cervix and sterile salt water is used to dilate the uterus so the surgeon can visualize your anatomy. Small instruments are used to take biopsies when indicated.
Why is it Used?
A hysteroscopy is used to find the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding, changes in bleeding or an abnormal ultrasound finding. A hysteroscopy is performed to determine the best treatment plan.
Hysteroscopy are also used to:
- remove scarring in the uterus
- diagnose the cause of repeated miscarriages
- locate an intrauterine device (IUD)
- perform a method of permanent birth control
How and Why is a Hysteroscopy Done?
Dr. Litrel uses the Operation game to show the camera and microscope used in a hysteroscopy.
What Can I Expect?
Hysteroscopy is performed in our Canton office under IV sedation. You will not experience discomfort during the procedure, but you will need someone to drive you from our office.
You will go home shortly after the procedure. It is normal to have some mild cramping or a little bloody discharge for a few days. You can take Ibuprofen or Tylenol for any discomfort. If you have a fever, chills, or heavy bleeding, call your healthcare provider right away.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists at 770.720.7733.