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 :
- inside of the womb
- the openings of the fallopian tubes
Why is a hysterectomy performed ?
It may be done due to the following reasons :
- find the causes of repeated miscarriages
- diagnose abnormal shapes of the womb
- take a biopsy of the cervix or uterus
- find and remove fibroids and polyps
- remove adhesions that may result from a previous surgery or infection
- find uterine and cervical cancer
- perform sterilization procedures
- locate an intrauterine device
- bleeding problems in women
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.
What is a hysteoscopy. March of Dimes. http://newsmomsneed.marchofdimes.org/?cat=3&paged=28. Accessed April 27, 2016
Hysteroscopy. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. http://www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Hysteroscopy. AccessedApril 27, 2016