Raj K. Syal, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Jenna A. Everson, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Holly Westmoreland, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.    |    Kellyn Rielly D.O.   

Usual risks of anesthesia are removed when performing a hysteroscopy

Medical practice and technology affords today’s physicians and surgeons with a myriad of treatment choices. The ability to view the interior of the uterus is quite helpful for addressing a number of questions and even allows for treatment of the area previously only accessible through major surgical opening of the abdomen.

Once inside the abdomen, the surgeon would then surgically open the uterus. The risks involved in a situation such as described are numerous and can be severe; but, the hysterscope has changed all that.

The usual risks of anesthesia are removed because no anesthesia is necessary in most cases. The medications used during the procedure for your comfort pose a much different picture. Also, the uterus is not opened surgically nor is the abdomen. Bleeding, post-operative complications and pain are much reduced.

And because there is no surgical abdominal and uterine wound recovery time is cut by weeks. Instead of a six week recovery period, you may have as little as 4-7 days of convalescence. Lastly, there is no hospital stay, no time away from your family, and no hospital bill. Of course there are surgical suite charges for day-surgery or in-office procedures but these are only a fraction of what you would expect with major surgery and hospitalization.

As mentioned, the reasons for doing a hysteroscopy are many. The thin instrument passes through the vagina, through the cervix and once inside the uterus it is used to assess the condition of the uterine lining for reasons of heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular bleeding, and severe cramping, as well as repeat miscarriages. It is also possible to remove polyps, fibroids and misplaced IUDs.