This is a procedure that can be done in our outpatient facility or in the hospital. It is minimally invasive and required minimal anesthesia such as local anesthesia or sedation. The first part of the procedure starts with a hysteroscopy where a small fiber optic camera is inserted into the uterus. This camera is microscopic and measures approximately 5mm in diameter (less than a ¼ of an inch). The camera allows your provider (and you) to see inside the uterus and determine if there is a cause for your abnormal bleeding. Common reasons for abnormal bleeding include uterine polyps and fibroids which can be removed. Small instruments are inserted through the camera port which allow your doctor to excise the fibroids or polyps. That tissue is sent to pathology. The camera and instruments are then removed, you are cleaned up and the procedure is completed. There is no recovery time associated with a hysteroscopy, you may return to your normal activities on the same day. You may experience a mild watery discharge and cramping during or after the procedure and this is usually improved with over the counter ibuprofen or Tylenol.
To learn more about the Hysteroscopic Myomectomy or Polypectomy procedures performed at Advanced & Minimally Invasive Gynecology, contact our practice.