Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure. It enables the doctor to have a closer look at the cervix and uterus, thus diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of abnormal bleeding, cysts, and fibroid. Hysteroscopy is done with the help of a hysteroscope, a thin tube-like structure that examines the cervix and inside of the uterus.
Hysteroscopy is performed to assess the health of the uterus and treat other uterine conditions. Since hysteroscopy is a minor surgical procedure, the patient recovers in a short span of time. Hysteroscopy is recommended to women who have fibroid within the lining of the uterine cavity.
Soon after the procedure, one is often well enough to drive, unless they have been administered general anesthesia during the procedure. A few days after the hysteroscopy, one may have mild cramping or bleeding and there might be remnants of the liquid used during the procedure, that might last for 24 hours. Painkillers will most likely be prescribed, to deal with any excess pain or discomfort.
As a precautionary measure, sex is best avoided for at least 2 weeks after the procedure. Detailed instructions will be given by the doctor before the patient is discharged.
A hysteroscopy is most often done on an outpatient basis. Hence, one technically doesn’t need any post-operative care. It is helpful in treating uterine conditions that might be hampering conception.
Hysteroscopy is also useful in determining the cause of unexplained bleeding or spotting in postmenopausal women.
Hysteroscopy is a very safe procedure. However, there are a few risk factors that one must be aware of.
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