Hysteroscopic evaluations can play an important role in diagnosing problems involving the uterus and fallopian tubes. Aventura OBGYN Associates is a leading provider of minimally invasive hysteroscopy procedures in Aventura, Florida, enabling women to understand the causes of symptoms while ensuring the most appropriate and effective care is provided.
A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure that uses a long, flexible instrument called a hysteroscope to see inside the uterus. The lighted scope is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus via the cervix, the uterine opening. A tiny camera at the end of the scope is used to capture images that are sent back to a monitor for viewing to assist the doctor in diagnosing problems and guiding treatment. A hysteroscope can also be used to perform some types of minor procedures.
Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose or evaluate:
During the procedure, small tissue samples or biopsies may be taken for further evaluation.
Hysteroscopy is typically performed under sedation but in some cases, it may be performed under general anesthesia. First, the cervix will be dilated to enable the scope to be inserted into the uterus. Once the scope is in place, an inert gas or sterile liquid will be pumped into the uterus to expand it and make it easier to see the lining and interior structure. The light on the scope makes it easier to capture images of the uterus and fallopian tubes so they can be viewed on the monitor. Most diagnostic exams take about 20 minutes or less to complete. When a minor procedure is performed, the procedure will take longer.
Hysteroscopy is performed on an outpatient basis, and patients can return home following a brief period of observation. Mild vaginal bleeding and cramping may occur for a day or two, and there may be some minor discomfort in the shoulder area due to the gas used to expand the uterus. Some patients may experience mild nausea, especially if the procedure was performed under general anesthesia.
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