hysteroscopypicA hysteroscopy is a way for our health care providers to look at the lining of your uterus. A very thin viewing tool called a hysteroscope is used in the procedure. The tip of the hysteroscope is put into your vagina and gently moved through the cervix and then the uterus. There is a light and camera hooked to the hysteroscope so the physician can carefully view the lining (endometrium) on a video screen.

A hysteroscopy is often utilized to find the cause of abnormal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after a woman has already passed menopause. It is also used to inspect the uterus for abnormalities if there has been difficulty in becoming pregant.. A hysteroscopy is also utilized to remove growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps.

During the procedure the physician may take a small sample of tissue (biopsy) which is them looked at under a microscope. If infertility is expected, another surgery called alaparoscopy, may be performed done at the same time as the hysteroscopy.

Finding the cause of severe cramping or abnormal bleeding is very important. The physician can pass heated tools through the hysteroscope to halt the chronic issue. The shape or size of the uterus or if scar tissue is present in the uterus could be the cause of infertility.
The physician may look at the uterine openings to the fallopian tubes to see if they are blocked. If the tubes are blocked your doctor may be able to open them during the procedure. 

Ther following can be accomplished during the procedure.:

  • Find the possible cause of repeated miscarriages.
  • Find and remove a misplaced intrauterine device (IUD).
  • Check for endometrial cancer.
  • Find and remove small fibroids or polyps.
  • Use heated tools to remove problem areas in the lining of the uterus (endometrial ablation)
  • Place a contraceptive implant (such as Essure) into the opening of the fallopian tubes as a method of permanent sterilization.

Please tell your doctor if you might be pregnant, are taking medicines, have bleeding problems or take blood-thinners such as aspirin, have been treated for a vaginal, cervical, or pelvic infection in the past 6 weeks or have any heart and or lung problems!