Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your physician to evaluate the cervical canal and uterine cavity using a small, disposable cannula (tube). The purpose of the procedure is to identify any abnormalities in the cervical canal or uterus that could cause potential complications during conception or pregnancy. Midwest Fertility Specialists conveniently offers this procedure in-office.
What is the Process?
A hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure that can be done in our office in the ultrasound room. It will be scheduled after your period, usually between days five and 10 of your cycle. Please call the office on day one of your cycle to schedule the procedure.
To start the procedure, your physician will insert a speculum into the vagina. You will then be given a local anesthetic to block any pain. The cannula is then inserted and gently moved through the cervix into your uterus. Saline will be put through the hysteroscope into your uterus to expand it. During this procedure, your physician can visualize the inside of the uterus and the openings to the fallopian tubes.
The procedure generally takes less than 20 minutes, and you will be able to go home shortly after the procedure.
Your physician will be able to review the findings from your hysteroscopy with you right away. Occasionally, a tissue sample may be taken during this procedure. This would be sent to pathology for review. If your physician identifies an abnormality, you may require another procedure at a later date to further address this.
Are There Risks?
It is normal to have some mild cramping or some bloody discharge after the procedure. You will be prescribed an antibiotic to take on the day of the procedure.