Hysteroscopy is a medical procedure that involves the examination of the inside of the uterus using a thin, lighted tube called a hysteroscope. The hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus, allowing the healthcare provider to visualize the uterine cavity and, if necessary, perform various diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.
What is an Hysteroscopy?
Why is hysteroscopy performed?
Hysteroscopy is performed for various reasons, including investigating abnormal uterine bleeding, evaluating infertility or repeated miscarriages, detecting and removing uterine polyps or fibroids, assessing the uterine lining before fertility treatments, and diagnosing and treating abnormalities such as septums or adhesions.
How is hysteroscopy performed?
Hysteroscopy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. The hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. Carbon dioxide gas or a fluid may be used to expand the uterus, allowing the healthcare provider to visualize the uterine cavity. The procedure can be diagnostic or involve operative interventions, depending on the goals.
Is hysteroscopy painful?
Hysteroscopy is generally well-tolerated, and many women experience minimal discomfort. In some cases, local anesthesia or sedation may be used to alleviate any potential discomfort during the procedure.
Are there risks associated with hysteroscopy?
While hysteroscopy is generally considered safe, like any medical procedure, it carries some risks. Potential complications may include infection, bleeding, or injury to the uterus. These risks are typically low, and healthcare providers take measures to minimize them.
How long does the hysteroscopy procedure take?
The duration of the hysteroscopy procedure can vary depending on its purpose and whether any operative interventions are performed. Diagnostic hysteroscopies are usually shorter, typically taking around 15 to 30 minutes, while operative hysteroscopies may take longer.
What You Need to Know Before Your Appointment
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All Previous Investigations
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