A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to look inside the uterus to diagnose problems.
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy involves the use of a thin instrument called a hysteroscope, or uterine cavity scope. It is passed through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus to find the cause of a possible problem, look for cancer in the lining of the uterus, or to facilitate an operation.
What does a hysteroscopy treat?
A hysteroscopy might be recommended in cases of:
- Heavy and/or long menstrual periods.
- Bleeding between periods.
- Bleeding after menopause.
- Irregular cycles.
- Severe cramping.
- Frequent miscarriages (lost pregnancies).
- A displaced intrauterine device (IUD).
- Difficulty getting pregnant (infertility).
Following a diagnosis, hysteroscopy may be used in conjunction with special equipment to fix the issue. For example, a hysteroscopy could be used to remove uterine fibroids.
Preparing for a hysteroscopy
A hysteroscopy should not be done during a menstrual period, or if a patient might be pregnant. Patients may need to follow specific advice around what to eat and drink before a hysteroscopy, and what medications can or cannot be taken.
What to expect with a hysteroscopy
A hysteroscopy can involve local or general anesthesia, and is carried out by a gynaecologist. The gynaecologist will first use a speculum to spread apart the walls of the vagina to allow them to view the area. The hysteroscope is carefully moved through the cervix into the uterus to allow the gynaecologist to see the uterus lining, with the help of a video screen.
Recovery after a hysteroscopy
After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. The procedure does not require an overnight stay, and it is recommended that the patient has someone on-hand to drive them home.
Get a hysteroscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for hysteroscopy. Our gynaecologists have years of experience and excellence in performance and outcome with this procedure. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your hysteroscopy consultation
If you are ready to discuss a hysteroscopy with our gynaecologists, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Potential risks and complications