Many procedures that once require open surgery can now be performed without the need for the high risk of going under the knife. One such procedure that has replaced open surgery is operational hysteroscopy. This procedure is used to diagnose and treat some uterine conditions without the patient needing to undergo complicated inpatient surgery. This can reduce risks and downtime for the patient, usually performed as an outpatient procedure.
Hysteroscopy involves using a hysteroscope, a thin telescope instrument, to view the inside of the uterus. The instrument is inserted through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. A gas or liquid is used to expand the uterus so that the physician can fully see the uterine walls using a light inserted through the instruments.
In operational hysteroscopy, this same technique to view the uterus is also used to correct abnormalities. This may be polyps, uterine adhesions, fibroids or other conditions that could cause excessive bleeding, miscarriages or other issues. Surgical tools can be used through the hysteroscope to correct these issues instead of needing open surgery. This is minimally invasive surgery and can be very effective in treating many uterine disorders.
Depending on the procedure and condition being corrected, there is usually some type of anesthesia used in operational hysteroscopy. However, it is often an outpatient procedure and patients generally recover quickly with very little downtime, especially when compared to traditional surgery.
Hysteroscopy is performed by a qualified OB/GYN. If you are experiencing excessive bleeding, uterine pain or have had miscarriages, a hysteroscopy may be the right option to evaluate the cause of your issue. Make an appointment with your local OB/GYN that offers hysteroscopy to learn more.
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Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
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Marietta, GA 30060