Hysteroscopic surgery; Operative hysteroscopy; Uterine endoscopy; Uteroscopy
Hysteroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the womb (uterus). Your doctor can look at:
This procedure is commonly used to diagnose bleeding problems in women, remove polyps or fibroids, or perform sterilization procedures.
Hysteroscopy gets its name from the thin, lighted tool used to view the womb, called a hysteroscope. This tool sends images of the inside of the womb to a video monitor.
Before the procedure, you will be given medicine to help you relax and block pain. Sometimes, medicine is given to help you fall asleep.
Small tools can be placed through the scope to remove abnormal growths (fibroids or polyps) or tissue for examination.
Hysteroscopy can last from 15 minutes to more than 1 hour, depending on what is done.
This procedure may be done to:
This procedure may also have other uses not listed here.
Risks of hysteroscopy include:
Risks of any pelvic surgery include:
Risks of anesthesia include:
Risks of any surgery include:
Biopsy results are usually available within 1 to 2 weeks.
Your doctor may prescribe medicine to open your cervix. This makes it easier to insert the scope. You need to take this medicine about 8 to 12 hours before your procedure.
Before any surgery:
In the 2 weeks before your procedure:
On the day of the procedure:
You may go home the same day. Rarely, you may need to stay overnight.
Your doctor will tell you the results of your procedure.
Lentz G. Endoscopy: Hysteroscopy and laparoscopy: Indications, contraindications and complications. In: Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, Katz VL, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 10.
Last reviewed on: 11/16/2014
Reviewed by: Cynthia D. White, MD, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Group Health Cooperative, Bellevue, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.