A hysteroscope is a long, thin telescope that goes through your vagina and cervix to the inside of your uterus. Without any cuts at all, the surgeon can see inside your uterus. We can then insert other small surgical tools through the hysteroscope to perform procedures.
A hysteroscopy has few risks and complications. Learn about other options for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.
Why Get a Hysteroscopy?
We can use hysteroscopy instead of open surgeries or procedures that need big cuts.
We can use a hysteroscope to diagnose conditions. We can examine your inner uterus to see if you have issues causing:
- Repeated miscarriages
- An abnormal Pap test
- Abnormal or postmenopausal uterine bleeding
We can use hysteroscopy to fix defects in the uterus. We can remove:
What to Expect with a Hysteroscopy
The procedure requires a pre-exam and some preparation. You’ll want someone to drive you home. Also:
- You may get some kind of anesthesia to block pain.
- It can take between 15-45 minutes (or longer if giving treatment).
- You will have mild cramping and soreness. Ask your doctor about pain medication.
Possible Hysteroscopy Complications
Complications are rare. But no procedure is completely free of risk. Risks include:
- Swelling or bleeding
- Organ injury
- Reaction to anesthesia