What is a Hysteroscopy?

If you’re experiencing issues such as severely heavy periods, unusual vaginal bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding, unexplained pelvic pain, repeated miscarriages, or difficulty getting pregnant, a hysteroscopy can be performed to diagnose your condition. This procedure is minimally invasive and can be performed either in the office or in an operating room. 

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How a Hysteroscopy Works

During a hysteroscopy, the doctor will use a hysteroscope — a long, thin telescope with a light and camera at the end. The camera’s images will appear on a monitor so that the doctor can see inside the uterine cavity. The hysteroscope is inserted through the cervix into the uterus to allow the doctor to check out the shape and lining of the uterus and to search for fibroids and polyps. 

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What to Expect During the Procedure

A hysteroscopy will be performed with the patient either under local or general anesthesia, and often in the office. The hysteroscope will be inserted into the uterus through the cervix. Sterile fluid will be used to distend the uterus for better visualization of the uterine cavity. 

Once the uterine cavity has been investigated, different conditions such as fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding, and polyps can be addressed by using different instruments, which are also inserted through the hysteroscope.

Recovery

Because no abdominal incision is created, there is minimal discomfort after the procedure. Patients typically go home after their appointment, but may experience common side effects including abdominal pain, cramping, vaginal bleeding, nausea, or lightheadedness.

Although the majority of patients are able to go back to work within 1-2 days, there are some restrictions. Exercise, sexual intercourse, and placing anything inside the vagina (even tampons) should be avoided for two weeks.

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Hysteroscopies and/or Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation can be an alternative to a hysterectomy for patients who struggle with heavy and irregular bleeding of the uterus. This procedure destroys the lining of the uterus using either heat or an electric current, making it so that the lining can never return. This is an outpatient surgery that makes an excellent option for many women; however, it’s not right for everyone. 

This is why a consultation is necessary. For those who do undergo an endometrial ablation, the heavy bleeding is often significantly improved. Endometrial ablation is not a form of contraception, and is a contraindication to pregnancy. The endometrial ablation device that Dr. Jukes uses most often is Minerva®, and then secondly, Novasure®

Why Choose Modern Women’s Health?

At Modern Women’s Health, we develop warm, professional relationships with each of our patients, and we offer services based on cutting-edge science and research in both feminine medicine and aesthetics. Our focus is on the overall wellness of women, and we are a team of female providers for female needs. 

Founded by board-certified gynecologist Dr. Lisa Jukes, a highly regarded figure in her professional community, Modern Women’s Health is a modern and sophisticated one-stop-shop for women. It’s also one of the top gynecology and women’s practices in Texas.

Our mission is to provide comprehensive health services for women and their families all in one place. Patients of any age can get the attention they deserve for their gynecological needs, aesthetic treatments, and general wellness concerns.

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