If you have unexplained symptoms that may relate to your reproductive system, getting blood work or a pelvic exam may not be enough to confirm a diagnosis.
To ensure you receive fast, accurate results for pelvic pain or abnormal uterine bleeding, the team at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group offer on-site diagnostic testing using hysteroscopy technology.
A hysteroscopy is a nonsurgical diagnostic procedure that provides a close-up view of the inner part of your uterus. During the exam, your provider inserts a special instrument called a hysteroscope into your vaginal canal to explore your cervix and uterus.
By using the hysteroscope, which is a thin tube with an attached light, your provider is able to identify abnormal growths or other conditions that may be causing your symptoms. You may need to undergo a hysteroscopy if your physician suspects you have:
You may also be a candidate for a hysteroscopy if you have unexplained pelvic pain, cramping, uterine bleeding, or other symptoms. Furthermore, you may be a candidate for a hysteroscopy if you experience symptoms in your menopausal years, when your period has ended for good.
To provide the most accurate results, your provider at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group will schedule a hysteroscopy for the first week after your period.
A hysteroscopy procedure is safe and not painful, although you may feel some discomfort or pressure during your exam. You will lay comfortably on an exam table, much like you would during a pelvic exam.
To ensure a clear view of your uterus, your physician may use a gas or liquid solution to expand your uterus and wash away mucus or blood.
Immediately after your hysteroscopy, your provider will discuss your results and help you decide how to move forward.
If fibroids or other abnormalities are discovered during your hysteroscopy, your physician may recommend treating the issue right away. During your diagnostic procedure, your provider will be able to use the hysteroscope to remove growths or excess tissue with specialized tools that fit through the hysteroscope.
This type of minimally invasive surgery is typically an outpatient procedure, and you can go home soon after it’s over.
You may need 2-3 days of recovery at home before you can resume your usual activities. It’s common to experience some light bleeding during the initial days of healing. You’ll need to avoid tampons, sex, and douching until your provider is sure you’re fully healed.
Your provider at The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group will provide additional after-care instructions to prevent infections and other complications. They can also recommend over-the-counter medications to keep you comfortable.
In many cases, a hysteroscopy can eliminate the need for invasive procedures, such as a hysterectomy.
If you’re experiencing persistent pelvic pain or unusual bleeding, don’t delay in getting a diagnostic consultation. Book an appointment online or over the phone with The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group today