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Hysteroscopy in Denver
Abnormal bleeding is a concern for many women. When you experience heavy bleeding or intense cramping, it’s important to know the cause so that you can rule out any serious conditions and alleviate discomfort. Hysteroscopies provide a closer look at your cervix and uterus and help your doctor diagnose any possible issues. They can also aid in IUD removal, fibroid removal, and biopsies.
At Women’s Health Group, our healthcare professionals are here to meet all of your hysteroscopy needs. Our skilled, compassionate providers will walk you through every step of the procedure to ensure you are comfortable and confident before moving forward.
Who Needs a Hysteroscopy?
Types of Hysteroscopies We Offer
The Women's Health Group is here to ensure you get the answers and relief you need. In some cases, we perform hysteroscopies as a diagnostic tool to understand what is happening in your reproductive area. In other cases, we use hysteroscopy to perform a treatment or procedure, such as:
- Hysteroscopy with Biopsy: A hysteroscopy with a biopsy can help determine the cause of your irregular or heavy bleeding. During the procedure, your doctor will examine the walls of your uterus and take tissue samples to biopsy. Afterward, we will send the sample to a pathologist for analysis.
- Hysteroscopy to Remove IUD: Sometimes, an IUD can shift out of its proper position inside the uterus, becoming lost or even embedded into the uterine wall or tissue. A hysteroscopy provides both visualization of the inside of the uterus to locate the IUD as well as the ability to insert small surgical tools to aid in removal if necessary.
- Hysteroscopy to Remove Fibroids: Fibroids are noncancerous uterine growths that can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pressure. We use hysteroscopy to remove fibroids, alleviating painful symptoms and reducing your risk of complications, such as anemia.
How Does a Hysteroscopy Differ From a Hysterectomy?
You may have heard the term hysterectomy before, or you may know someone who has had a hysterectomy. While this term does sound similar to a hysteroscopy, there are some significant differences between the two procedures.
A hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and the fallopian tubes and ovaries if needed. Your doctor may recommend this procedure for various reasons, including cancer, endometriosis, or abnormal bleeding. Having a hysterectomy will result in infertility and is only an option for patients who have tried all other possible forms of treatment.
A hysteroscopy is primarily used to examine your reproductive organs and may include other minor procedures. During a hysteroscopy, your doctor will insert a thin tube with a tiny camera called a hysteroscope into your vagina to examine the uterus. With this camera, your doctor can diagnose issues such as infertility or endometrial cancer. Your doctor may also perform a hysteroscopy to find and remove an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant a contraceptive device.
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Hysteroscopy is considered minor surgery. Since you will receive anesthesia during the procedure, you will likely need to be observed for several hours afterward. It will not usually require an overnight stay.
You may feel faint or slightly sick after your procedure — this is normal. Light bleeding or cramping for several days after hysteroscopy is common.
Hysteroscopy is considered a safe procedure. Though complications can occur, they occur in less than 1% of patients. The most common complications a patient may experience include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Uterine tearing (rare) or damage to the cervix
- Reaction to the anesthesia or the substance used to expand the uterus
We will schedule your hysteroscopy to take place after your period and before ovulation. Before the procedure, we will:
- Review your medical history, including which medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take. You may need to stop taking medications that prevent blood clotting, including aspirin.
- Perform a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and pregnancy test.
We will also provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for the procedure, including what to wear, whether to fast, and if you need someone to drive you home.