A Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to visualize the inside (the cavity) of the uterus. This procedure is usually done in women who have abnormal bleeding. This is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in the office or in the hospital. When done in the office, a board certified Anesthesiologist will be present and IV sedation will be carried out.
The doctor will then perform a speculum examination while you are lying on your back with your legs gently positioned in stirrups. The cervix is then cleaned, we also recommend that you take an over the counter ibuprofen before you come to the office. Once the cervix is clean, a small fiber optic camera is inserted into the uterus. This camera is microscopic and measures approximately 5mm in diameter (less than a ¼ of an inch).
The camera allows the doctor to see inside the uterus and determine if there is a cause for your abnormal bleeding. Common reasons for abnormal bleeding include uterine polyps and fibroids which can be removed. Once the Hysteroscopy is complete, the camera is removed; you are cleaned and allowed to return to your usual activities. There is no recovery time associated with a Hysteroscopy, you may return to your normal activities on the same day. You may experience mild cramping during or after the procedure and this is usually improved with over the counter ibuprofen or Tylenol.