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Hysteroscopy

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Hysteroscopy is the surgical diagnostic procedure that allows for examining the inside of the uterus without having to make an abdominal incision. Generally lasting 30-45 minutes, the hysteroscopy is performed by inserting a hysteroscope, an illuminated viewing instrument, through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. Often times, treatment can also be done through the hysteroscope during the procedure.

The hysteroscopy is typically done as an outpatient procedure and general anesthesia is generally used while the procedure is performed. The uterus is filled with a fluid like a saline or glycine and the hysteroscope is inserted through the cervix and into the uterus so that the inner surface of the uterus can be examined.

Why are they performed

Hysteroscopies are performed to locate and evaluate the cause of abnormal bleeding in the vaginal area or uterine bleeding and evaluate the cause. Likewise it is also performed to confirm a diagnosis before the start of treatment with medicines that have a significant side effect. When bleeding areas are discovered during the procedure, the tissue may be destroyed by electric current, also known as electrocautery, or surgically removed.

Compared to other, more invasive procedures, hysteroscopies can provide the advantages of a shorter hospital stay, as well as less pain medication needed after surgery, avoidance of a hysterectomy which leads to shorter recovery time and the possible avoidance of an open abdominal surgery.

Additionally, hysteroscopies can be extremely useful in locating a large number of uterine conditions such as polyps and fibroids, adhesions—also known as Asherman’s Syndrome—uterine septums and other problems.

Find out if a Hysteroscopy is right for you

While a hysteroscopy is the right procedure for many patients, it may not benefit everyone. The information on this page is for general use only. For more specific information regarding hysteroscopies in the Houston area, contact Dr. Amaro today.

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