Hysteroscopy Procedure Overview
Hysteroscopy is a type of minimally invasive procedure performed to diagnose or treat problems of the uterus.
Instead of a laparoscope, it uses a hysteroscope, which is a thin, lighted telescope-like device. It is inserted through the vagina into the uterus and projects images of the uterus onto a screen.
Hysteroscopy is most commonly used to determine the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding, such as heavy, longer or missed menstrual periods. Other reasons a hysteroscopy may be ordered are:
- Removal of polyps and/or fibroids
- Remove adhesions from infection or past surgery
- Determine the cause of repeated miscarriage
- Locate a misplaced intrauterine device (IUD)
How It Works
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic performs hysteroscopies at our Ambulatory Surgical Center. Your doctor may dilate your cervix before the procedure for easier viewing. The hysteroscope is inserted into the vagina and moved through the cervix into the uterus. Saline fluid may be pumped through the hysteroscope to expand the uterus.
The uterine lining and fallopian tube openingss are viewed through the hysteroscope. Small instruments may be passed through the hysteroscope to perform further procedures, such as a biopsy.
Although hysteroscopy is generally safe, as with all medical procedures there are risks, such as puncturing of the uterus or cervix, bleeding and excess fluid buildup.
Hysteroscopic procedures that are performed at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic include:
- Endometrial ablation
- Endometrial polypectomy
- Hysteroscopic submucosal fibroid resection
- Diagnostic hysteroscopy