Hysteroscopy is an important tool for diagnosing and treating problems in your uterus, such as abnormal bleeding or repeated miscarriages. The highly experienced, all-female OB/GYN team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology performs hysteroscopy procedures in Allentown, Pennsylvania. To learn more about hysteroscopy, call or book an appointment online today.
Hysteroscopy is a way to visually examine the inside of your uterus. This procedure involves inserting a hysteroscope, which is a thin, lighted tube with a lens at the end, through your vagina and into the uterus. The hysteroscope projects images of your uterus onto a screen for your OB/GYN to view.
If she discovers a problem in your uterus, your provider at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology may pass surgical instruments through the hysteroscope to perform treatment.
One of the most common reasons the team at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology performs hysteroscopy procedures is to diagnose and treat abnormal uterine bleeding. They may also recommend hysteroscopy for the following reasons:
First, your provider at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology performs a physical and pelvic exam and reviews your medical history to determine if hysteroscopy is necessary. If so, the team schedules your procedure during a time when you’re not having your period so they can get a clear view of your uterus.
Before the hysteroscopy procedure, your provider may give you a medication to help you relax, or she may use a general or local anesthetic. She may also give you medication to dilate (open) your cervix.
During hysteroscopy, your OB/GYN first inserts a speculum into your vagina to hold it open. Then, she inserts the hysteroscope and gently moves it through the cervix and into your uterus. She expands your uterus with fluid, such as saline, to see the uterine lining more clearly.
If necessary, your provider at Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology may pass small tools through the hysteroscope to perform a biopsy or other procedure.
After a hysteroscopy, it’s normal to have mild cramping or spotting for a few days. Complications of this procedure are very rare, but you should call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology right away if you experience heavy bleeding, fever, or chills after a hysteroscopy.
To schedule your hysteroscopy, call Seasons of Life Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.