Our physicians perform hysteroscopy to diagnose and treat uterine problems
A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our Grapevine and Fort Worth obgyns to view a woman’s uterus.
Our doctors perform the procedure by inserting a lighted, thin tube (hysteroscope) into the uterus through the vagina. This instrument transmits images of the uterus to a monitor, allowing doctors to view abnormalities that may be causing uterine problems.
Why do physicians perform a hysteroscopy?
Abnormal uterine bleeding is one of the most common problems that prompt our Grapevine and Fort Worth obgyns to perform hysteroscopy, but there are several reasons why our physicians may recommend this procedure.
- Uterine polyps, fibroids or scarring
- Biopsies of uterine tissue
- Diagnosis and treatment of repeated miscarriages or infertility problems
- Locating and removing an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Permanent sterilization procedures
How do obgyns diagnose and treat problems using hysteroscopy?
Our Grapevine and Fort Worth obgyns often perform the procedure in our offices, but sometimes it is performed in a hospital.
The patient rests on a table with her feet in stirrups. She will receive medication to block pain and promote relaxation. The doctor will usually dilate the cervix before inserting a speculum into the vagina. Then, the doctor will insert the hysteroscope into the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus.
Our obgyns use gas or fluid to help expand the uterus and provide a better view of it. The images on the monitor provide our doctors with information about problems that need treatment. If the problem is treatable with instruments inserted through the hysteroscope, our obgyns will perform the treatment procedure after the diagnostic procedure.
What should patients expect after hysteroscopy?
Even though the procedure is minimally invasive, there are still risks involved. Patients may experience cramps and vaginal bleeding for one to two days after hysteroscopy. Some patients have gas pains for up to 24 hours after the procedure because of the fluid or gas expansion.
Most women return to their normal routine after their appointment. However, our physicians recommend waiting for a week or two to have sexual intercourse.
Is hysteroscopy major surgery?
Hysteroscopy can be carried out to aid in diagnosis or to perform minor surgical procedures. In many cases hysteroscopy can be performed as an outpatient (same-day) surgical procedure. Complications of hysteroscopy are rare.
In-office hysteroscopy procedures offer patients a comfortable, convenient option for surgery
Our Grapevine and Fort Worth obgyns provide patients with several in-office procedures. Women appreciate the chance to come to our familiar offices with staff members they know and trust for their gynecological surgery.
Patients who are suffering from abnormal bleeding or other uterine issues should contact us to find out if hysteroscopy could help diagnose and treat their problems.