By placing a small, telescope-like device into the vagina and uterus with solution to inflate, a hysteroscopy enables your physician to see into the uterine cavity with clarity and provides him or her with a means to surgically treat any abnormalities.
Small problems like polyps or fibroids are often very treatable with hysteroscopic surgery. This is a day surgical procedure, with minimal recovery times required.
What type of fertility problems can be treated by hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy typically treats abnormalities of the uterine cavity. This could be fibroids, polyps, or adhesions (scar tissue) within the uterus. Occasionally, hysteroscopy may be used to treat blockage of the fallopian tubes when the blockage occurs proximally (where the tube meets the uterus).
Is this procedure painful?
Typically the hysteroscopy procedure is painless. It is usually performed under general anesthesia, but sometimes may be performed under sedation or local anesthesia. The patient can typically return home the same day, and return to normal activities the following day.