What happens during a hysteroscopy?
During a hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts a hysteroscope — a thin tube with light on the end — into your vagina. They’ll be able to see into your cervix and inside your uterus. If they find anything abnormal, they can take a sample for later testing.
Is hysteroscopy major surgery?
Hysteroscopy definition and facts
Hysteroscopy can be carried out to aid in the diagnosis or to perform minor surgical procedures. In many cases, hysteroscopy can be performed as an outpatient (same-day) surgical procedure. Complications of hysteroscopy are rare.
Is a hysteroscopy painful?
The procedure shouldn’t be painful. However, you may experience some cramping during the procedure. Your doctor may order some type of sedative for you to take beforehand so that you’ll be more relaxed. The extent of anesthesia you need will depend on the purpose of your hysteroscopy.
What is the recovery time for a hysteroscopy?
Most women feel they can return to normal activities, including work, the day after having a hysteroscopy. Some women return to work later the same day. However, you may wish to have a few days off to rest, particularly if you had treatment such as fibroids removal and/or a general anaesthetic was used.
Are you put to sleep for a hysteroscopy?
Before the procedure, you will get medicine to make you sleep or feel relaxed. You will not feel pain. The doctor will guide a lighted tube (called a hysteroscope) through the cervix into the uterus. The doctor will fill your uterus with liquid.
Do I need to shave before a hysteroscopy?
The procedure can be done at any time of the cycle, but is usually avoided during the menses. o not eat or drink anything after midnight or the morning before the procedure. Do not even drink coffee, tea, or water. ou will need to shave your private parts prior to the procedure.
What can I expect after a hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is most often done on an outpatient basis. Otherwise, you won’t need any special care after a hysteroscopy. You may have cramping and vaginal bleeding for a day or two after the procedure. Report fever, severe abdominal pain, or heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge.
How long are you under anesthesia for hysteroscopy?
The anaesthetic drugs stay in your system for up to 24 hours after your operation and over this period you may feel tired and drowsy. During this time you should not drive, operate machinery or appliances and you should not sign important documents or make major decisions.
What anesthesia is used for hysteroscopy?
Regional anesthesia for hysteroscopy is done with either a spinal block or epidural block. For this type of anesthesia, a drug is injected through a needle or tube in your lower back by an anesthesiologist. You are awake for the procedure, but you do not feel pain from your pelvic region.
How long will I bleed after hysteroscopy?
After the procedure, you may have some cramping or slight vaginal bleeding for one to two days. In addition, you may feel shoulder pain if gas was used during your hysteroscopy.
Is a hysteroscopy safe?
A hysteroscopy is generally very safe but, like any procedure, there is a small risk of complications. The risk is higher for women who have treatment during a hysteroscopy.
How long is a hysteroscopy?
The hysteroscopy procedure
A hysteroscopy usually takes between 5 and 30 minutes.
How do they do a hysteroscopy?
The doctor will dilate (widen) your cervix to allow the hysteroscope to be inserted. The hysteroscope is inserted through your vagina and cervix into the uterus. Carbon dioxide gas or a liquid solution is then inserted into the uterus, through the hysteroscope, to expand it and to clear away any blood or mucus.