A hysteroscopy is a procedure in which your doctor inserts a small-diameter device into your uterus. This device has a light and a small camera on the end to allow the doctor to see inside your uterus.
There are a number of situations in which your doctor may recommend this procedure.It can be used for either surgical or diagnostic purposes. It may be used :
Procedure: Your primary doctor may refer you to a specialist for this procedure. The procedure will take place with you in the same position as you’re normally in for a gynaecological exam, with your feet in the stirrups at the end of the exam table.
If the procedure is being used for surgery, the surgical devices will also be put through the hysteroscope tube to perform the surgery. The procedure shouldn’t be painful. However, you may experience some cramping during the procedure. Your doctor may order some type of sedative for you to take beforehand so that you’ll be more relaxed. The extent of anesthesia you need will depend on the purpose of your hysteroscopy.
Recovery: The purpose of the hysteroscopy will determine the length of recovery. However, there are some general things that are common after any hysteroscopy procedure. You may experience the following:
You’ll be able to eat or drink immediately after recovery from anaesthesia. If your procedure requires regional anaesthesia, your doctor may want you to wait until the effects have worn off before sending you home. This may also take less than an hour, but it could take longer depending on the amount of anaesthesia used. If your procedure requires general anaesthesia, then it’s still an outpatient procedure. You’ll be able to return home after a few hours. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe a pain medication to make recovery easier. If surgery is involved, then your doctor may have you rest for a day or two before resuming a normal schedule. Follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery. For a hysteroscopy that isn’t purely diagnostic, you should refrain from sexual activity for about a week. This helps reduce the chance of infection.
Complications: A hysteroscopy is considered a fairly safe procedure with minimal complications. However, it’s still considered surgery. Because of this there are some possible complications, though they are not common. They include:
You should contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: