A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows the doctor to see inside the uterus. A long thin scope is passed through the vagina. The scope has a camera which sends images to a screen in the room. Tools may also be passed with the scope to take samples or do treatment.
Regional anesthesia—lower half of the body will be numb
Local anesthesia—numbs a small area; a second medicine may also be given to help you relax
Description of the Procedure
A speculum is placed in the vagina. It will gently press open the vagina. A scope will be passed through the vagina and into the uterus. The uterus will be filled with a gas or liquid. This will let the doctor get a clear look inside the uterus.
Other tools may be passed into the uterus. Abnormal tissue will be removed or repairs will be made. A sample of tissue may be removed for a biopsy. All samples will be sent to a lab for exam.
How Long Will It Take?
About 15 to 45 minutes
How Much Will It Hurt?
You will have mild cramping and soreness. Medicine can help with discomfort.
The care team will watch for any problems. Once you feel better, you will be able to go home. Most can go back to normal activity within a few days. Full recovery will depend on what was done.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Abnormal bleeding (more than a menstrual period)
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, or chest pain
Any other concerns
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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