South Sound Womens Center
OB-GYNs located in Olympia, WA
If you’re experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, you shouldn’t delay treatment. At South Sound Women’s Center in Olympia, Washington, the experienced OB/GYNs and their team offer innovative diagnostics like the hysteroscopy procedure to determine the cause of your condition. They also offer effective solutions for treating uterine conditions, using the minimally invasive hysteroscopy technique. To learn more about hysteroscopy procedures, schedule a consultation by phone today.
Hysteroscopy Q & A
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a test your doctor at South Sound Women’s Center may use in the diagnosis and treatment of medical issues concerning the uterus. All five female doctors at South Sound Women’s Center are board-certified OB/GYNs, so you can count on the best care in a comfortable environment during your test.
The procedure uses a slender, lighted telescope device your doctor inserts through your vagina and into your uterus. The device has an attached camera the sends magnified images of your uterus to an external monitor. These images allow your doctor to view your uterus closely to check for abnormalities.
If your doctor is using the hysteroscope to treat existing uterine issues, they pass small surgical instruments through the hysteroscope to perform the procedure.
When is a hysteroscopy necessary?
Your doctor may recommend a hysteroscopy as a diagnostic tool if you have abnormal uterine bleeding, relating either to your menstrual cycle or because of another condition, including scar tissue or a miscarriage.
You may also undergo a hysteroscopy for surgical procedures to locate an intrauterine device (IUD) or remove adhesions due to past infections or surgery. If you’re undergoing a sterilization procedure, your doctor may perform a hysteroscopy to implant Essure®, small devices that go into your fallopian tubes to permanently prevent pregnancy.
Your doctor also performs the NovaSure® endometrial ablation procedure through the hysteroscope. This treatment removes the uterine lining to stop heavy menstrual bleeding in just a few minutes, without the need for incisions.
What can I expect during a hysteroscopy?
You may be given general or local anesthesia before the hysteroscopy to ensure you’re relaxed and comfortable. As the procedure starts, your doctor inserts the hysteroscope into the vaginal canal and then the uterus. They also put saline fluid or gas through the hysteroscope to make the lining of your uterus more visible.
Images of your uterus display on a monitor so your doctor can check for abnormalities or perform necessary surgical procedure.
What happens after my hysteroscopy?
Immediately following the procedure, the medical team monitors your vitals if you have general anesthesia before you can go home.
You may experience some bloody discharge and light cramping for several days after the procedure, which is normal. Your doctor may recommend over-the-counter medication or prescription pain relievers to keep you comfortable.
You can expect to return to normal activities within two to three days of treatment. If you experience any chills, fever, or heavy bleeding, let your doctor at South Sound Women’s Center know right away.
Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more.