A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a surgeon to diagnose or treat uterine problems. The procedure involves inserting a narrow, lighted lens through your vagina and cervix in order to view the inside of the uterus projected on a screen.
Your gynecologist may recommend a hysteroscopy for one of several reasons:
- Determine the cause of abnormal or heavy bleeding
- Remove adhesions (scar tissue) that formed during a previous surgery or disease
- As part of a sterilization procedure
- Diagnose problems with fertility or recurring miscarriages
- Locate an IUD (intrauterine device for birth control)
After informed consent, under anesthesia(General or Regional) the cervix is gently dilated and a small camera sheet with fluid distention media allows for evaluation of endometrial cavity including tubal Ostia.
Operative hysteroscopy with a guided sheet passed around the camera tubing allows for access, visualisation, and resection of polyps and fibroids protruding through endometrial cavity with the procedure performed under special outpatient protocols by experienced gynecologist surgeons.
Risks of Hysteroscopy:
- Adhesions (scarring)
- Blood loss
- Perforation and/or burns of the uterus
- Damage to other pelvic tissue, including fallopian tubes, bladder, or bowel