Hysteroscopy – cervical surgery
What is hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is a procedure to look inside the uterus. The hysteroscope is a thin, telescope-like device that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and uterus. It can help us diagnose or treat a cervical problem. It is often combined with curatase, which shows the membrane pattern of the uterus.
Why do hysteroscopy?
To diagnose certain problems, we need to look directly into the uterus. Common causes for hysteroscopy include assessing heavy menstrual periods, abnormal vaginal bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, fibroids, polyps, or infertility. You should have a clear understanding of the reason for this surgery, please consult your doctor.
What are the alternatives?
It depends on the nature of your problem. An ultrasound scan provides some useful information. A small sample of the lining of the uterus can be taken at an outpatient clinic to find out some of the problems, however, hysteroscopy is the only way to diagnose certain conditions.
How is hysteroscopy performed?
Hysteroscopy is a minor surgery that is performed in a clinic or operating room. It is performed under local or general anesthesia. A telescope is sent to look at the width of the uterus (dilated) and the inside of the uterus. The pattern of the lining is often taken for a closer look. It is also possible to remove the polyp or fibroid with a hysteroscope. There are no incisions or stitches to the abdomen in this procedure. It takes about ten minutes, but you have to spend many hours in the theater and recovery rooms.
What are the risks of this approach?
Although the risks associated with hysteroscopy are minimal, you should be aware that there is some risk involved with each surgical procedure.
What should I expect after the procedure?
- You will be in the recovery room in the theater suite after the operation when you wake up from your sedation. You will then be transferred to the Day Procedure Unit in your bed.
- During your recovery your nurse will monitor your vital signs (e.g. temperature, pulse, blood pressure) for several hours after surgery. When you recover, these observations are less frequent but regular until the day after you leave the hospital.
- The painkiller will be given as you need it.
- Your nurse will discuss your next doctor appointment and any discharge arrangements made with you.
- You should be eating and drinking and assembling normally.