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what is a hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy  is a procedure that is done to look at the inside of the uterus.  This procedure helps the doctor look at the following :

  • cervix
  • inside of the womb
  • the openings of the fallopian tubes

Why is a hysterectomy performed ?

It may be done due to the following reasons :

How is a hysterectomy performed ?


A hysteroscope is a thin instrument with a light and camera attached to its end. It is placed into the vagina .Carbon dioxide gas or a fluid, such as saline (salt water), will be put through the hysteroscope into your uterus to expand it. Pictures of the womb can be seen on a video screen.


Small tools can be placed through the scope to remove abnormal growths (fibroids or polyps) or tissue for examination. The scope can also be used for certain treatments such as ablation and sterilization procedures.


What are the risks associated with a hysteroscopy ?


This is a safe procedure but there are risks involved. These include the following :

  • uterus and cervix may be punctured during the procedure
  • bleeding may occur
  • excess fluid may build up in the system

In rare cases, it may  life threatening


The procedure may last from 15 minutes to about an hour depending on what is done.
Content Sources

Hysteroscopy. National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus. Accessed April 27, 2016

What is a hysteoscopy. March of Dimes. Accessed April 27, 2016

Hysteroscopy. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. AccessedApril 27, 2016

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