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If you suffer from heavy periods, severe cramps, or you’ve had difficulty becoming pregnant, a hysteroscopy can help your doctor learn more about what’s causing your trouble. Wanda Torres, MD, FACOG, and the skilled providers at Suncoast Women’s Care conveniently perform hysteroscopy right in the office. To find out more, call the Trinity, Florida & Tampa, Florida, office or schedule an appointment online today.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to closely examine your cervix and uterus. It can also be used to treat some gynecologic conditions.
During a hysteroscopy, a long thin tube known as a hysteroscope is inserted into your vagina. The tube has a bright light on the end that makes it easy for your doctor to see your cervix and uterus.
Your practitioner at Suncoast Women’s Care may recommend a diagnostic hysteroscopy if you have any of the following.
A hysteroscopy may include a tissue biopsy if your doctor sees any growths or tissue that appears abnormal.
In addition, the hysteroscope can be used to remove growths such as polyps or fibroids, to deliver endometrial ablation therapy, to treat heavy periods, and to adjust or remove an IUD contraceptive device.
Hysteroscopy in the office is performed under mild sedation to keep you feeling relaxed and comfortable. Your practitioner will also give you a medication to soften your cervix before the procedure, so the metal tube can easily penetrate the cervical opening to examine the inside of your uterus.
Your provider will gently open your vagina using a speculum, the same tool that is used during your yearly well woman exam and for a Pap smear. She’ll then carefully insert the hysteroscope, and use the tube to fill your uterus with a saline solution. The saline inflates your uterus, allowing your doctor to clearly observe its interior, as well as the openings of your fallopian tubes.
You’ll be able to go home as soon as the mild sedative has worn off after your procedure. You might have some light bleeding or cramping over the next 24-48 hours, and your provider might recommend that you avoid sexual intercourse for 1-2 weeks following your hysteroscopy.
Hysteroscopy is considered safe, but like any procedure, there are some risks, which include:
To learn more about how the experts at Suncoast Women’s Care perform hysteroscopy safely in the office, call today, or schedule a consultation online.