What is hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy involves the placement of a telescope through the dilated cervix, directly into the uterine cavity. No incisions are required for hysteroscopy. Abnormalities inside the uterine cavity such as scar tissue (from prior infection or pregnancy), fibroids, polyps, or uterine malformations can be seen.
Does the procedure hurt?
Some patients will experience some cramping during or after the procedure; taking 800 mg of ibuprofen (Motrin) about one hour before the procedure usually minimizes cramping.
How long does it usually take?
It depends on what is found, but a visit for an office hysteroscopy usually takes about 15 minutes; the procedure itself usually last less than 5 minutes.
Are special precautions or preparations required?
No special preparations are needed before an office hysteroscopy. Some patients do experience mild cramping during the procedure. Taking 600-800 mg of ibuprofen (Motrin) or its equivalent usually helps to alleviate any significant discomfort.
When will the findings be known?
Immediately after your office hysteroscopy, your physician will inform you of the findings and discuss your subsequent treatment plan.