A hysteroscopy is a procedure to find and treat problems with your uterus. It may be done to remove growths from the uterus. Or it may be done to diagnose or treat fertility problems. It can also be done to diagnose or treat abnormal bleeding.
The doctor will guide a lighted tube through the cervix and into the uterus. This tube is called a hysteroscope, or scope. It lets your doctor see inside your body. The doctor will fill your uterus with air or liquid. This makes it easier to see the inside of your uterus with the scope. The doctor may also put tools through the scope to treat a problem.
During this procedure, the doctor may take out a small piece of tissue for study. This is called a biopsy. Or the doctor may gently scrape tissue from the inner wall of the uterus. This is called a dilation and curettage, or D&C.
If your doctor filled your uterus with liquid, most of it will flow out when the scope is removed.
You will most likely go home the same day. Many women are able to go back to work the next day. But it depends on what was done and the type of work you do.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: March 16, 2017
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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