The most detailed evaluation of the uterine cavity is through the use of a camera or hysteroscope. The advantages of this approach are that it provides the most detailed diagnostic assessment of the uterus while simultaneously allowing for the treatment of the condition observed during the hysteroscopy. A hysteroscopy is performed as an outpatient procedure under anesthesia and typically will last between 30 to 60 minutes, although more complicated problems can mean a longer surgery. Some of the conditions that we are able to treat through a hysteroscopic method include:

  • Polyps of the lining of the uterus (endometrial polyps)
  • Severe narrowing of the cervix (cervical stenosis)
  • Benign cavitary tumors that arise from the muscular layer of the uterus (uterine fibroids)
  • Congenital abnormalities of the uterus (uterine septum)
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Scarring within the uterine cavity (intrauterine adhesions)

The recovery time from this procedure is usually no more than 2 to 3 days and many patients are able to resume their usual activities sooner. If a hysteroscopy has been recommended to you, our physicians will provide you with specific details and answer all your questions in a preoperative consultation.

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