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Hysteroscopy

WomanCare Clinic

Meriter WomanCare Clinic
20 S. Park Street, Suite 450
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 417-5433 or 1-888-409-3852

UW Health - OB/GYN
20 S. Park Street, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
Telephone: (608) 287-2830

Definition

     
Hysteroscopy is a procedure that inserts a small instrument (hysteroscope) through the vagina and cervix to detect abnormalities in the uterus.

Alternative Names

  • Diagnostic Hysteroscopy
  • Operative Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy may be recommended for women who:

  • Have abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Have problems with infertility

Benefits of the Procedures

  • Help correct abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Find the cause of infertility
  • Find the cause of repeated miscarriages
  • Detect adhesions in the uterus
  • Diagnose abnormal growths
  • No incisions

What is Hysteroscopy?

       
Hysteroscopy is used to study the cause of infertility, recurrent miscarriage or abnormal uterine bleeding. It’s performed to examine the inside of the uterus and is helpful in diagnosing abnormal uterine conditions.


Before having hysteroscopy, the opening of the patient’s cervix may need to be dilated. The hysteroscope, a narrow viewing instrument approximately 3-4 millimeters in diameter, is inserted through the vagina, up the cervix and into the uterus. A liquid may be released through the hysteroscope to expand the uterus so that the inside can be seen clearly. A light shining through the hysteroscope allows the doctor to view the inside of the uterus and the openings of the fallopian tubes.


The hysteroscope is sometimes used with other instruments or techniques. Uterine fibroids, adhesions, and polyps often can be removed through the hysteroscope.

For the first couple of days after having hysteroscopy, it is normal to experience:

  • Nausea
  • Spotting
  • Cramps

Call the doctor if you experience:

  • A fever
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge