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Hysteroscopy Test

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What Is Hysteroscopy?

As a medical procedure, Hysteroscopy is performed to examine the inside of the womb, primarily to detect and treat certain gynaecological conditions. In the hysteroscopy procedure, a flexible, long, and thin tube (device) is inserted into the vagina passed through the cervix and into the uterus cavity.

The narrow cylindrical instrument has a light and camera attached to the end (hysteroscope) that sends images to a monitor. These images allow the doctor to see inside the uterus, enabling them to thoroughly examine the uterine cavity. The doctor or hysteroscopy specialist may take further samples for analysis. This may help diagnose/treat common gynaecological problems like polyps and fibroids.

When Is Hysteroscopy Needed?

Diagnostic and operative are two types of hysteroscopy. The hysteroscopy procedure is needed to diagnose or treat intrauterine pathology and other associated complications. Below are some of the reasons why a specialist may suggest hysteroscopy.

  • The hysteroscopy test is used to investigate abnormal uterine bleeding. This includes heavy periods, bleeding between periods, postmenopausal bleeding, and unusual vaginal bleeding.
  • It is used to diagnose conditions like fibroids and polyps, repeated miscarriages, pelvic pain and intrauterine adhesions.
  • The hysteroscopic examination can also help detect displaced intrauterine devices.
  • It is used to remove the endometrial lining or for biopsy, wherein a small tissue sample is required.
  • In some cases, hysteroscopy is used in conjunction with laparoscopy procedure.

Risks Associated with Hysteroscopy

Although a very safe procedure, some of the risks associated with hysteroscopy are:

  • Some women may experience minor discomfort, in spite of anaesthesia.
  • Allergic reaction to general anaesthesia or the fluid used during the procedure.
  • Excessive vaginal bleeding during and after hysteroscopy, especially while removing polyps or fibroids.
  • In rare cases, there might be a bladder or womb infection.
  • In rare cases, there might be an injury to the bowel, bladder or uterus.
  • In rare cases, there might be accidental damage to the cervix or the womb. This may require further treatment.
  • Some women may also feel faint during or after the procedure.

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FAQs – Hysteroscopy test

1. Why is hysteroscopy done?
Hysteroscopy is a medical procedure performed to diagnose and treat abnormalities of the uterus or cervix. During this procedure, the gynaecologist examines the lining and interior of the uterus. Thus is it recommended for several gynaecological problems, including:
  • Retained products of conception or placenta after miscarriage or birth
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Scarring, or adhesions, from prior uterine surgery or instrumentation
  • Polyps or fibroid tumours inside the cervical canal or the uterine cavity
A hysteroscopy procedure can also be used to pinpoint the location of abnormalities in the uterine lining for sampling and biopsy.
2. How is hysteroscopy done?

During a hysteroscopy procedure, a hysteroscope (long, thin tube containing a light and camera) is passed into your womb. To learn more about the procedure, read our blog!

3. What should I expect immediately following the hysteroscopy surgery?
Here’s a list of what you may experience post the hysteroscopy surgery;
  • Abdominal pain or uterine cramping
  • Nausea or lightheadedness
  • Slight vaginal bleeding after the procedure for 1-2 days
  • Bleeding or cramping post hysteroscopy for a couple of days
  • In case a breathing tube was used then you may experience a scratchy throat.
4. What is the normal recovery time following a hysteroscopy?

Recovery tends to be quick. Most patients will require some pain medication. However, sexual intercourse and action sports should be postponed for two weeks. It is advisable to take a couple of days off after the hysteroscopy procedure to rest before returning to normal activities, including work.

5. What are the benefits of Hysteroscopy?

The benefits of the hysteroscopy procedure are that there are no abdominal wounds, and the postoperative pain is minimal. Also, almost most patients go home the same day following the hysteroscopy procedure.

6. Will I have to stay at the hospital overnight after a hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a minor surgery that doesn’t usually require an overnight stay at the hospital. However, there is any concern about your reaction to anaesthesia, an overnight stay may be necessary.

7. What type of anaesthesia is used for hysteroscopy?

The types of anaesthesia used for hysteroscopy are local anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia and general anaesthesia.

8. Is a hysteroscopy procedure painful?

Some women may feel mild pain or no pain at all. However, some women may experience severe pain. If you feel uncomfortable anytime during the procedure, inform your doctor or nurse.

9. How long does a hysteroscopy take under a general anaesthetic?

The hysteroscopy procedure can last approximately between 5 to 30 minutes.