Hysteroscopy is a low-risk procedure doctors can use to diagnose a number of different conditions. Capital Women's Care offers hysteroscopy to women in Frederick, Mount Airy & Urbana, Maryland. The experienced physicians at Capital Women's Care decide whether this procedure is appropriate for each individual patient.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure that doctors perform with a hysteroscope, a thin tube inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. Hysteroscopy doesn’t require any incisions or scars.
Capital Women's Care uses the hysteroscopy procedure to diagnose or treat certain conditions in the uterus. Diagnostic hysteroscopy may be necessary when the patient is experiencing certain symptoms or problems within the uterus. In this case, the doctor uses hysteroscopy to look for the cause of the problem.
When hysteroscopy is used for treatment, the doctor uses the hysteroscope to visualize the inside of the uterus before correcting the patient’s problem with small tools. Operative hysteroscopy may be beneficial to patients with fibroid tumors, defects in the uterus, scar tissue, or abnormal bleeding.
During a hysteroscopy procedure, the doctor begins by dilating the cervix so the hysteroscope can pass through easily. They then pass the hysteroscope through the cervix into the uterus. Next, a solution of liquid or gas is introduced into the uterus to clear away blood and mucus, and the doctor shines a light into the uterine cavity to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes. Finally, if necessary, the doctor inserts instruments to perform any necessary treatment.
During a diagnostic hysteroscopy procedure, the doctor inserts the hysteroscope into the uterus to look at the interior. In some cases, the doctor may combine hysteroscopy with hysterosalpingography, an X-ray test performed with dye inside the uterus.
During an operative hysteroscopy, the doctor inserts the hysteroscope into the uterus before performing the rest of the procedure. Operative hysteroscopy may be part of laparoscopic surgery, endometrial ablation, or dilation and curettage procedures.
Depending on the extent and purpose of the procedure, as well as the patient’s preferences, the doctor may administer local, regional, or general anesthesia before the hysteroscopy.
Like all procedures, hysteroscopy poses a small risk of complications. Risks of hysteroscopy procedures include reactions to anesthesia or dye, scarring in the uterus, injury to the cervix or uterus, bleeding, and infection.
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