This is an exam of the inside lining of the uterus using a special tube with a light and camera on the end.
A hysteroscopy is an exam of the inside lining of the uterus using a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end (hysteroscope).
A hysteroscopy is most commonly done to determine the cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding. It can also be done to remove scar tissue from previous surgeries, find an intrauterine device (IUD) that has moved or determine the reason for multiple miscarriages. It can either be performed with a rigid hysteroscope or a flexible hysteroscope. You will need to lie on your back with your feet in stirrups, similar to your position when having a pap smear or other vaginal exam.
Prior to surgery, tell your healthcare provider about any medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific instructions you should follow before surgery. These may include:
Don't forget to make arrangements to have someone drive you home after the procedure.
What should I ask my healthcare provider before having a hysteroscopy?
After your hysteroscopy, your healthcare provider should provide:
You should also understand all home care instructions (including medications and side effects) and follow-up plans.
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