A hysteroscopy is a way for your doctor to look inside of your uterus. This procedure can be performed in our Libertyville office. Your doctor uses a thin viewing tool called a hysteroscope. This instrument has a light and a camera hooked to it so your doctor can see the inside of the uterus on a video screen.
There are several reasons for performing a hysteroscopy. It is often done to find the cause of abnormal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after a woman has passed menopause. It may also be used to see if there is a problem in the uterus that may be the reason a woman cannot become pregnant (infertility) or has repeated miscarriages. In addition, a hysteroscopy can be used to treat growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps. It is also used to place contraceptive implants (Essure) into the opening of the fallopian tubes as a method of permanent sterilization.
A local anesthetic is used to numb the cervix. The tip of the hysteroscope is gently moved through the cervix into the uterus. A liquid is then released through the hysteroscope to expand the uterus for better visualization. The inside of the uterus and the openings to the fallopian tubes can then be inspected by your doctor. A small instrument can be inserted through the hysteroscope to take a biopsy if necessary.
After the procedure, you may experience slight vaginal bleeding and cramps.
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A showcase of a Hysteroscopy with anatomy