Abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids or polyps, or scars from previous surgeries can be painful and reduce your quality of life. A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows the team of experts at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health to diagnose and treat these and other gynecological conditions. With offices in Tribeca and the Upper East Side of New York City, the team provides personalized treatment during all hysteroscopy procedures. To schedule an evaluation, call the clinic nearest you, or make an appointment online today.
A hysteroscopy refers to any procedure in which your gynecologist uses an instrument called a hysteroscope. A hysteroscope is a long, slender tube with a light hooked up to a monitor. When your expert physician inserts it into your vagina and through your cervix, a hysteroscope works like a telescope to magnify the inside of your uterus.
A hysteroscopy may be a diagnostic procedure to detect a gynecologic condition or an operative procedure to treat an existing condition. The highly trained and experienced physicians at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health perform hysteroscopy procedures in the office and as an outpatient procedure in a hospital setting.
Diagnostic hysteroscopy is used to diagnose the following conditions:
A hysteroscopy can also be performed to locate a misplaced IUD.
The surgeons at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health perform operative hysteroscopy, such as polypectomy to remove uterine polyps and myomectomy to remove small uterine fibroids. They can also remove uterine scar tissue with a hysteroscopic procedure.
A hysteroscopy is typically performed using either a local or a general anesthetic. Your doctor may choose to use medication to soften your cervix, so it’s easier to fit the hysteroscope and other instruments through the cervical opening.
When your cervix has dilated, your physician uses a speculum to open your vagina, then gently inserts the hysteroscope through your cervix into your uterus. A fluid or gas is delivered through the tube to expand your uterus so your doctor can see all of it while performing your hysteroscopic procedure.
When your hysteroscopy is complete, you need someone to drive you home. You may have some cramping, bleeding, or discomfort for the next 24 hours, and your doctor may recommend that you avoid intercourse for a few weeks after your procedure.
If you think you have a condition that could benefit from a hysteroscopy or you’d like to learn more about the procedure, call Manhattan Women’s Health or Tribeca Women’s Health today, or make an appointment online.