hysteroscopy utilizes a hysteroscope that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus to transmit images onto a screen for your doctor to review.
What is hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy utilizes a hysteroscope (a thin device with a light) that is inserted through the vagina into the uterus to transmit images onto a screen for your doctor to review. There are many benefits to this procedure and it can be very effective in assisting the reproductive health of women.
Why are hysteroscopes used?
Using these images collected by the hysteroscope, OB/GYNs can identify the cause of abnormal/irregular uterine bleeding. A hysteroscopy also allows doctors to:
- Diagnose the cause of repeated miscarriages (more than two in a row)
- Perform sterilization, commonly by blocking the fallopian tubes
- Locate an IUD
- Remove adhesions (scars that bind affected tissue surfaces together in the abdomen or uterus) that have resulted from infections or previous surgeries
What will I experience during the procedure?
A hysteroscopy can be performed at our office in Tarzana, California. Dr. Taaly Silberstein uses anesthesia or medication to help block out any pain or discomfort. Your appointment will be scheduled when you are not experiencing a menstrual period. To make the procedure easier, the cervix is dilated and a speculum is used. Dr. Silberstein will then insert the hysteroscope through the cervix to the uterus. The uterus is then expanded with gas or fluid (saline) to help improve Dr. Silberstein’s visibility. Using the hysteroscope’s images, the lining of the uterus and the opening of the fallopian tubes can be fully inspected.
You will be able to go home shortly after the procedure; if you receive general anesthesia, you may need to wait until its effects have worn off. Mild cramping and 1-2 days of a slight bloody discharge may occur as a result of this procedure. Medication can be prescribed to help with any pain you might experience.
Hysteroscopy for women in the greater Los Angeles area
To request your appointment with Dr. Silberstein, give us a call at (818) 996-3200. Feel free to bring up any concerns or questions about this procedure. We can discuss the risks with you and what you’ll need to do to prepare for your visit.