To get answers to your gynecological questions, the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, may need to perform various diagnostic tests, such as hysteroscopy. Whether you’re experiencing unexplained pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding, the team of women’s health experts can provide the answers you need. To schedule an in-office hysteroscopy, contact the office by phone or online today.
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a diagnostic tool that the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness uses to diagnose or treat conditions that affect the uterus. During the procedure, your provider inserts a hysteroscope, a lighted telescope with a camera, through your vagina to your uterus.
The hysteroscope transmits images of your uterine tissue to a computer screen that allows your provider to closely examine the tissue for abnormalities.
Why would I need a hysteroscopy?
After a comprehensive evaluation, the team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness explains in detail why you would benefit from a hysteroscopy. The diagnostic procedure may be recommended to determine the underlying cause of your abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain.
A hysteroscopy is also used as a treatment tool, and the team may perform various procedures during your test, such as the removal of adhesions or tubal ligation.
A hysteroscopy may also be used to locate an intrauterine device (IUD) or evaluate the uterus after a miscarriage.
What happens during a hysteroscopy?
The team at Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness performs your hysteroscopy at the office. They provide the details of your procedure at your consultation so you know what to expect.
To improve visualization, you may be given a medication that helps dilate your cervix before the procedure. Once you’re ready, your provider inserts a speculum to separate your vaginal walls and then places the hysteroscope through the opening to view your uterus.
Your provider inflates your uterus with gas to improve visualization, evaluates the tissue, and performs any necessary procedures.
A local anesthetic is provided before any procedure to minimize pain.
How long does it take to recover from a hysteroscopy?
It’s not unusual to experience cramping, mild pain, and bleeding after a hysteroscopy. However, these symptoms only last a few days.
The team provides specific guidelines for activity modifications during your recovery. You should be able to resume most of your usual activities once the side effects subside.
Philadelphia Women's Health & Wellness is dedicated to getting you the answers you need for your health questions. To schedule your hysteroscopy, call the office or book online today.