Page ContentHysteroscopic Endometrial PolypectomyTreating uterine polyps with the latest in minimally-invasive techniques.Uterine polyps (also known as endometrial polyps) are the result of an overgrowth of cells in the uterine lining. While the polyps usually aren’t cancerous, some can eventually turn into cancer or cause other issues, such as irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding. It’s also thought that polyps may contribute to infertility. Previously, the only treatments for uterine polyps were hysterectomy and D&C (dilation and curettage). Now with minimally invasive, hysteroscopic endometrial polypectomy, like that offered at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, uterine polyps can be removed with substantially less risk than traditional methods. Minimally Invasive ProcedureHysteroscopic endometrial polypectomy uses a hysteroscope, which is a thin, lighted telescope-like device. It’s inserted through the vagina into the uterus after dilating the cervix and projects images of the uterus onto a monitor. Small instruments are inserted through the hysteroscope to remove each polyp. The procedure typically takes less than an hour and does not require an overnight hospital stay. Recurrence of a polyp forming at the same site isn’t likely. Endometrial polypectomy is very effective in stopping abnormal menstrual bleeding caused by polyps. Fertility rates for women who have had difficulty becoming pregnant due to polyps are improved too. If you have been diagnosed with uterine polyps and are considering minimally invasive hysteroscopic endometrial polypectomy, contact the experts at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston to see if the procedure is right for you.