A hysteroscopy is a procedure in which a small device ( Laparoscope ) is inserted into your uterus. This device has a light and a small camera on the end that allow’s to see inside your uterus.
It can be recommended for either surgical or diagnostic purposes:
The procedure will take place with you in the same position as you’re normally in for a gynaecological exam.
During a hysteroscopy: The procedure shouldn’t be painful. However, you may experience some cramping during the procedure. Your doctor may order some type of sedative for you to take beforehand so that you’ll be more relaxed. The extent of anaesthesia you need will depend on the purpose of your hysteroscopy. The procedure itself can take anywhere from just 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on what’s being done.
The purpose of the hysteroscopy will determine the length of recovery. However, You may experience the following:
You’ll be able to eat or drink immediately following the hysteroscopy.
In some cases, your doctor may prescribe a pain medication to make recovery easier. If surgery is involved, then your doctor may have you rest for a day or two before resuming a normal schedule. Follow your doctor’s instructions for recovery. For a hysteroscopy that isn’t purely diagnostic, you should refrain from sexual activity for about a week. This helps reduce the chance of infection.
A hysteroscopy is considered a fairly safe procedure with minimal complications. However, it’s still considered surgery. Because of this there are some possible complications, though they are not common. They include:
You should contact us immediately if you experience any of the following: