|Female Reproductive Organs|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Diagnostic reasons—to examine the inner uterus to identify problems or abnormalities; may be done if you have:
- Therapeutic reasons—to correct anatomic problems and defects in the uterus; may be done for:
- Swelling or bleeding
- Organ injury
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
- History of pelvic inflammatory disease
- Inflammation of the cervix
- Distended bladder
- Pregnancy or possible pregnancy
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure.
- Arrange to have someone drive you home. Also, arrange for help at home.
- If instructed, eat a light meal the night before the surgery. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- General anesthesia —blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the surgery; used for therapeutic procedure
- Regional anesthesia—numbs one area of the body; used for diagnostic or therapeutic procedure
- Local anesthesia—just the area that is being operated on is numbed; given as an injection and may also be given with a sedative; used for diagnostic procedure
Description of the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Abnormal bleeding (more than a menstrual period)
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea, vomiting
- Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, or chest pain
- Trouble urinating
- Any other concerns
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists http://www.acog.org
Women's Health—US Department of Health and Human Services http://www.womenshealth.gov
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
Hysteroscopy. St. John’s Mercy Health Care website. Available at: http://www.mercy.net/service/hysteroscopy. Accessed September 30, 2014.
Julian T. Hysteroscopic complications. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease. 2002;6:39-47.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2014 -