October 20, 2017

Patient Education

Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a procedure in which a tiny camera is inserted through the vagina and cervix without any incisions on the abdomen and used to see inside the uterus. It is also referred to as minimally invasive surgery. It can be performed in the office, surgery center, or hospital using local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia (numb from the waist down), or general anesthesia (going to sleep) depending on your specific situation. It may be performed at the same time as laparoscopy for some women.

There are many reasons your doctor may recommend this type of procedure. For example, if you have had certain types of abnormal uterine bleeding your doctor may recommend this type of procedure either to further evaluate or treat your condition. This type of surgery can be performed at the same time as a D&C (scraping of the uterus), removal of polyps or fibroids, ablation (burning the uterine lining to treat heavy periods), tying tubes to prevent pregnancy, or for evaluation of infertility. It is usually an outpatient procedure, which means you most likely will go home afterwards.

If you have any questions or concerns about your specific condition, your doctor will be happy to discuss whether this procedure is appropriate for you.