If you’re living with abnormal uterine bleeding such as heavy periods or bleeding between periods, Dr. Scott Dunkin and Dr. Eric Runyon use hysteroscopy to diagnose the cause of your symptoms at Pavilion for Women’s Health in Miami. Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows your doctor to examine the inside of your uterus for a more precise diagnosis and leads to more effective treatments. If you have abnormal bleeding, call or schedule a consultation online today for expert diagnosis and treatment.
A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where your doctor uses a hysteroscope, a thin device similar to a telescope, to look inside your uterus without the need for an open surgical procedure. Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding and other disruptive gynecological symptoms.
The primary reason your doctor recommends a hysteroscopy is to diagnose the cause of abnormal bleeding. For example, you may have bleeding in between your periods, or heavy periods (those that require you to change your pad or tampon more than once an hour for several consecutive hours).
Your doctor may also suggest a hysteroscopy to search for a structural abnormality in your uterus that may have led to multiple miscarriages.
Hysteroscopy also enables your doctor to locate an IUD or to place implants in your fallopian tubes in a sterilization procedure.
A local anesthetic reduces discomfort during your hysteroscopy. You might benefit from a mild sedative to help you relax during the procedure or even general anesthesia that puts you to sleep for a brief time.
You rest on a treatment table with your legs in stirrups in a treatment room. Your doctor uses a speculum to open your vagina and allow access to your cervix. The doctor dilates your cervix and gently inserts the hysteroscope through your cervix and into your uterus.
The doctor inflates your uterus using a gas or saline solution to allow a better view of the uterus and the uterine lining. He looks through the hysteroscope to examine your uterus and the openings of your fallopian tubes checking for signs of fibroids, abnormalities, or your IUD.
If necessary, your doctor can perform a biopsy through the hysteroscope to collect a tissue sample.
You can go home soon after your hysteroscopy is complete. If you had anesthesia, you’ll need someone to drive you home after you wake up. You may experience some mild cramping after the procedure, but this usually subsides quickly and can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication.
If you’re concerned about abnormal bleeding or other uterine issues, call Pavilion for Women’s Health or schedule an appointment online today.