Diagnostic Hysteroscopy
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

What is a hysteroscopy?

It is a medical procedure that helps diagnose & treat the causes of abnormal bleeding. It involves use of a thin tube to examine the cervix & inside of the uterus. It can be used for diagnostic purposes or as a surgical procedure for treatment.

What is a diagnostic hysteroscopy?

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Diagnostic hysteroscopy involves use of the instrument hysteroscope to identify disorders of the uterus. It may also be used to confirm test results of HSG, an X ray dye test that checks the condition of the uterus & fallopian tubes. Diagnostic hysteroscopy can often be used in combination with other procedures like laparoscopy.

When is a diagnostic hysteroscopy required?

Generally, diagnostic hysteroscopy is recommended if the patient is suffering from any of the following:

  • Abnormal bleeding during periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Repeated abortions
  • Infertility
  • Bleeding post menopause

It is also used in diagnosis of :

  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Polyps
  • Uterine Adhesions
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • Endometrial Hyperplasia
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

What happens during the procedure?

Prior to the procedure:

  • Patient will be asked to empty the bladder & the vaginal area will be cleaned & shaved
  • An intravenous line may be put on the patient's arm to administer sedatives if necessary
  • Patient will then be asked to lie down on the back & your gynaecologist will then dilate the cervix

During the procedure:

  • A hysteroscope is inserted into the patient's vagina & saline gas or fluid may be pumped in to expand the womb for better view
  • The womb linings would then be checked by your gynaecologist & pictures or videos would be taken through the hysteroscope
  • If your doctor feels the need to collect a sample tissue, a small instrument is passed through the hysteroscope to collect the sample
  • For fibroid removal, a tool is inserted through the hsyteroscope
  • In certain complex cases, your gynaecologist may insert a laparoscope through the belly to view outside of the womb at the same time
  • Once the procedure is completed, the hysteroscope is removed
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

After the procedure:

  • The patient's blood pressure, pulse & breathing will be monitored until they are stable & the patient is conscious & alert
  • Once the patient is stable, she would be discharged

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