Hysteroscopy is a procedure that can be used to diagnose problems associated with the lining of the uterus, or it may be uses as an operative approach to manage polyps, small fibroids or sterilization. This procedure allows for close examination of the cervix and uterine lining using a hysteroscope, which is a small, lighted instrument that is inserted vaginally which allows visualization of the uterine cavity.
A hysteroscopy may be performed in the office or the operating room. Office hysteroscopy is performed under local anesthesia for small procedures. This is particularly advantageous when physical exam and radiographic examination is not adequate. Hysteroscopic sterilization can also be performed in the office, effectively having your tubes tied in the office and returning to work the next day.
In the operating room, hysteroscopy may be used to address uterine scarring, evaluate infertility, and removal of polyps or uterine fibroids. It is commonly used in the performance of endometrial ablation for the management of abnormal uterine bleeding. The type of anesthetic used varies on the purpose of the procedure and the patient.
The physicians at OB GYN Associates are proud to offer this service for their patients. Hysteroscopy is not clinically appropriate for all patients or all circumstances; talk to your doctor about what is right for you and your specific need.
All surgical procedures pose some risk to the patient, it is important to understand your risk and discuss your concerns with your doctor.