The Women’s Group uses a hysteroscopy, a non-invasive, no-incision procedure, to view the lining of the uterus. A hysteroscopy may also treat certain conditions or be used to collect an endometrial biopsy for diagnostic reasons.
The Women’s Group recommends a hysteroscopy for diagnostic purposes when the patient experiences abnormal bleeding, repeated miscarriage, or unexplained infertility. This procedure also helps our medical staff treat certain conditions, such as fibroid tumors or polyps, or may be used to perform endometrial ablation in patients with certain types of abnormal bleeding.
During a hysteroscopy, the patient receives local, regional, or general anesthesia, which varies depending on the purpose of the procedure. Our doctors place a speculum in the vagina to hold it open during the procedure. Then, they guide the hysteroscope into the vagina, through the cervix, and into the uterus.
The Women’s Group performs hysteroscopy procedures as outpatient procedures, which means that the patient returns home after it’s complete.
Women who are awake during the procedure may experience cramping. On the other hand, women under general anesthesia won’t feel anything during the procedure, but may experience side effects from the anesthesia afterwards.
Like any surgical procedure, a hysteroscopy carries certain risks for the patient. For example, if the doctor uses gas during the procedure, the patient could develop an air embolism, though this is very rare. Patients who undergo hysteroscopy procedures may risk infection, bleeding, or injury to the uterus or cervix. In addition, patients face small risks related to anesthesia. If you’re worried about the risks, the expert medical staff at The Women’s Group can help you understand your options. Call or schedule an appointment online.
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