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Hysteroscopy Procedure

The uterus—a vital organ of the female reproductive system—is responsible for the development of human life, nourishing the fetus prior to birth. It is incredibly strong and dynamic, stretching from a pear-sized organ preconception to the size of a watermelon by the third trimester. Unfortunately, the uterus is not immune to medical concerns, and there are occasions where your healthcare provider will need to either investigate potential concerns or perform a procedure which corrects a previously identified medical condition.

A hysteroscopy is a minimally-invasive procedure that allows your healthcare provider to visualize the inside of the uterus to both diagnose and treat problems afflicting the organ. The hysteroscopy procedure is completed using a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted telescopic instrument with a camera which passes through your vagina and cervix, eliminating the need for invasive incisions.

Who Needs a Hysteroscopy?

Most regularly, a hysteroscopy is utilized in instances of abnormal uterine bleeding. Abnormal bleeding could range from heavier-than-normal menstrual periods to bleeding that occurs after menopause. A hysteroscopy is also employed for:

If you experience abnormal bleeding or are unable to sustain a healthy pregnancy, a hysteroscopy may hold the key to your health issues. To schedule a consultation with a qualified healthcare provider in that specializes in the hysteroscopy procedure, call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

What to Expect During Hysteroscopy Surgery

A hysteroscopy is best completed when you are not having your menstrual period—ideally, the first week after your menstrual period has passed—so your healthcare provider can have the best view of the uterus.

On the day of your hysteroscopy surgery, your healthcare provider may provide a sedative to help you relax. He or she will utilize local, regional or general anesthesia depending upon the location of your procedure and whether or not another procedure will be completed at the same time such as a hysteroscopy and D & C (dilation and curettage).

To begin the hysteroscopy, your healthcare provider will insert a speculum into the vagina to separate vaginal walls, so both the vagina and cervix are visible. The hysteroscope is then inserted through the cervix and into your uterus. Carbon dioxide gas or saline fluid will be put through the hysteroscope into the uterus to expand it and make the uterus easier to see. If the hysteroscopy is only for diagnostic purposes, the camera will transmit pictures to a monitor where your healthcare provider can view any abnormalities. If the hysteroscopy is used to treat a condition afflicting the uterus, other small instruments are passed through the hysteroscope.

The total procedure time can range from five minutes to an hour depending on whether the procedure is for diagnostic or operative purposes, as well as if there is another procedure such as a D&C or laparoscopy completed.

Hysteroscopy Recovery Time

A hysteroscopy does not require an overnight hospital stay. Depending upon the anesthetic used for your procedure, your healthcare provider may keep you for a few hours of observation before you are able to return home.

Since there are no incisions made, your hysteroscopy recovery time is typically quick. You will likely need an over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication to help with slight discomfort immediately following the procedure. You may experience abdominal pain or cramping as well as vaginal bleeding for a few days following the hysteroscopy. If you experience a fever, chills, severe pain or heavy vaginal bleeding, it is important to contact your healthcare provider immediately.

You may need to refrain from sexual intercourse or high-intensity sports activities for 1-2 weeks following your procedure. In addition, sanitary napkins are preferred over tampons so that you are not inserting anything into the vagina. Your healthcare provider will give you a full list of instructions and restrictions to adhere to following your hysteroscopy.

Take control of your reproductive health. Schedule a consultation with a healthcare office in that specializes in the hysteroscopy procedure. Call (408) 946-9453 or contact us online.

Author
Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG As an expert in preventive care, innovative treatment solutions, and laparoscopic surgery, board-certified OB/GYN Gul A. Zikria, MD, FACOG, is a trusted practitioner who’s been in private practice since 1985. Dr. Zikria earned his doctor of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. He went on to complete a competitive surgical residency program at Georgetown University in Washington. Dr. Zikria then went through a comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency program through the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center at the Magee-Women’s Hospital. He welcomes new and existing patients to his practice in Milpitas, California.

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