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What is Hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure that involves the insertion of a hysteroscope through the cervix into the uterus. The hysteroscope is equipped with a camera and light that allows the doctor to examine the inside of the uterus and identify any abnormalities. The procedure is usually performed under general or local anesthesia and takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete.

What are the Types of Hysteroscopy?

There are two main types of hysteroscopy: diagnostic hysteroscopy and operative hysteroscopy.

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Diagnostic hysteroscopy is a procedure used to diagnose various conditions that affect the uterus, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids, and polyps. During the procedure, the doctor will insert the hysteroscope into the uterus and examine the inside for any abnormalities. This type of hysteroscopy does not involve any treatment and is purely for diagnostic purposes.

Operative Hysteroscopy

Operative hysteroscopy is a procedure used to treat various conditions that affect the uterus, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids, and polyps. During the procedure, the doctor will insert the hysteroscope into the uterus and perform the necessary treatment, such as removing fibroids or polyps. Operative hysteroscopy is usually performed under general or local anesthesia and takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete.

What are the Benefits of Hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy offers several benefits compared to other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for conditions that affect the uterus.

Minimally Invasive

One of the biggest benefits of hysteroscopy is that it is a minimally invasive procedure. This means that the procedure does not require a large incision or a long recovery period. Instead, the hysteroscope is inserted through the cervix into the uterus, allowing the doctor to perform the necessary examination or treatment without causing significant discomfort or damage to the patient.

Accurate Diagnosis

Hysteroscopy allows for a more accurate diagnosis of various conditions that affect the uterus. The camera and light on the end of the hysteroscope allow the doctor to examine the inside of the uterus in detail, allowing for a more precise diagnosis.

Effective Treatment

Hysteroscopy can also be used as an effective treatment for various conditions that affect the uterus. The procedure allows the doctor to perform the necessary treatment, such as removing fibroids or polyps, without causing significant discomfort or damage to the patient.

What are the Risks of Hysteroscopy?

While hysteroscopy is generally a safe and effective procedure, there are some risks associated with the procedure.

Infection

There is also a small risk of infection associated with hysteroscopy. This risk can be reduced by following proper hygiene and sterilization procedures during the procedure.

Bleeding

In rare cases, patients may experience bleeding after the procedure

How Can We Help?

At Archish IVF, we place very high value on the safety and comfort of our patients. Our team consists of veteran clinicians and fertility experts who are compassionate and perform both diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy with minimal discomfort to patients. We want to do everything possible to help you realize your dream of having a child.

Frequently Asked Questions

The amount of rest required after a hysteroscopy depends on the individual and the type of procedure performed. In most cases, it is recommended to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 1-2 days after the procedure. You may also experience cramping and light bleeding for a few days. Your doctor will provide specific instructions on aftercare and when it is safe to resume normal activities.

Before a hysteroscopy, it is important to follow your doctors instructions carefully. Generally, you should avoid sexual intercourse for at least 24 to 48 hours before the procedure. You may also be advised to avoid using tampons, as they can interfere with the procedure. It is important to let your doctor know about any medications or supplements you are taking, as some may need to be stopped or adjusted before the procedure.

The best time to do a hysteroscopy depends on the reason for the procedure. If it is being done to investigate possible causes of infertility, it is typically performed in the first half of the menstrual cycle, after menstruation but before ovulation. This is to minimise the risk of interfering with a potential pregnancy. However, if it is being done for other reasons, such as to remove polyps or fibroids, it can be done at any time during the menstrual cycle.

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