Hysteroscopy in Dallas, TX
What is a Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is used to examine the inside of the uterus to diagnose or treat problems.
During the procedure, a thin instrument with a lens and a light is used called a hysteroscope. The instrument is inserted through the vagina and allows very careful examination of the uterine cavity.
It is a very safe procedure and transmits the image of the uterus onto a screen.
When is a Hysteroscopy Needed?
Hysteroscopy can be used for many reasons, as it gives a thorough look inside the uterus. Most commonly, the procedure is used to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding. This may be if your periods are heavier or longer than normal or they are more or less frequent.
You may need hysteroscopy to:
- Discover the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding
- Look for growths in the uterus like fibroids, polyps, or cancer
- Take a tissue sample
- Remove scar tissue from infection or past surgery
- Diagnose the cause of a miscarriage or infertility
- Locate an intrauterine device (IUD)
- Remove endometrial lining
- Access fallopian tubes to perform sterilization
How Do I Prepare for a Hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a very routine procedure many doctors perform regularly. It usually takes place in your provider’s office on a regular exam table. The entire procedure lasts only a few minutes.
Before your hysteroscopy, Dr. Shimer will answer any questions you may have. You will want to eat a healthy breakfast and you can take Ibuprofen the night before or an hour prior to your procedure. This can help alleviate any discomfort you may feel.
When scheduling your procedure, it is ideal to have a hysteroscopy within the first seven days after your period has ended. However, if you have irregular periods this may be difficult to do. Dr. Shimer will work with you to find the right time for your appointment. You may not have a hysteroscopy if there is a possibility you are pregnant, so be sure to communicate openly with your provider.
If you have not delivered a child through the birth canal you may also need medication to help soften your cervix. We will do everything we can to help you feel as comfortable as possible on the day of your hysteroscopy.
What Happens During a Hysteroscopy?
- First, you will be given medication to help you relax or an anesthetic may be used to block the pain
- Next, the hysteroscope is gently placed into the vagina
- Sterile water begins to flow through the hysteroscope to help separate the walls of the uterus
- Then, the hysteroscope is gently inserted through the cervix and into the uterus
- If there is a rare difficulty opening the cervix, it may need to be dialed with special instruments
- Once inside the uterus, the uterine cavity is examined
- Your provider will let you look on the monitor if you wish
- You can discuss any findings or potential abnormalities
- Open conversation during the procedure is encouraged so you are informed and aware
- The hysteroscope is removed after three to five minutes
- You are able to return home to rest
What Happens After a Hysteroscopy?
After hysteroscopy, your provider will have more information and see the condition of the inside of your uterus. This allows for a better diagnosis and you may even receive treatment during the procedure. You can feel relieved knowing what is going on inside your uterus.
Although the hysteroscopy is relatively painless, you may experience some mild bleeding, cramping, or watery discharge. Don’t hesitate to call your provider if something feels painful, you have excessive bleeding or a high fever.