Office-Based Hysteroscopy at Essex County OB/GYN

At Essex County OB/GYN, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality care possible for our patients. One of the advanced procedures we offer is office-based hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat various uterine conditions. In this blog, we’ll explore the indications, benefits, and process of office-based hysteroscopy.

What is Office-Based Hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows doctors to look inside the uterus using a thin, lighted tube called a hysteroscope. The hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus, allowing doctors to diagnose and treat causes of gynecological concerns with precision and care. Unlike traditional surgical procedures, office-based hysteroscopy does not require any incisions, making it a minimally invasive option with a quicker recovery time. 

Indications for Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is indicated for various conditions including:

  • Irregular Bleeding: Hysteroscopy can help diagnose and treat the underlying causes of abnormal uterine bleeding by allowing the doctor to see the inside of the uterus and identify any abnormalities that may be causing the irregular bleeding.
  • Uterine Polyps: Polyps are growths that can develop on the inner wall of the uterus, causing symptoms such as irregular bleeding or infertility. Hysteroscopy is a highly effective method for detecting and removing these polyps.
  • Evaluate Uterine Cavity: Hysteroscopy is used to assess the uterine cavity for structural abnormalities, adhesions, or other pathologies. This evaluation is important for patients experiencing infertility or recurrent miscarriages. 

Benefits of Office-Based Hysteroscopy

Office-based hysteroscopy offers several advantages:

  • Minimally Invasive: This procedure requires no incisions or stitches, reducing your recovery time and minimizing postoperative pain! Patients typically experience less discomfort and fewer complications compared to traditional surgical methods. 
  • Same-Day Procedure: Hysteroscopy can be performed in our office without the need for general anesthesia. You can return to your normal activities within a few hours, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules!
  • Diagnostic and Therapeutic: Hysteroscopy not only helps diagnose conditions but also allows for immediate treatment. For instance, if polyps or other endometrial pathologies are detected, they can often be removed during the same procedure. 
  • Low Risk: Office-based hysteroscopy is proven to be safe and effective for the right candidates. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, significantly reducing the risks associated with general anesthesia and hospital stays. 

What to Expect During the Procedure

During an office-based hysteroscopy, you will lay on an exam table with your feet in stirrups. The doctor will gently insert the hysteroscope through your vagina and cervix into the uterus. You may feel some cramping or discomfort, similar to menstrual cramps. The procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes. 

Aftercare and Recovery

After the procedure, you may experience mild cramping and spotting for a few days and most patients can resume normal activities within a few hours. It’s important to follow your provider’s aftercare instructions and attend any follow-up appointments to ensure a smooth recovery. If you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding, or signs of infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately. 

Office-based hysteroscopy at Essex County OB/GYN is a safe, effective, and convenient option for diagnosing and treating various uterine conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms such as irregular bleeding or suspect uterine polyps, schedule an appointment with us today. Our experienced team is here to provide you with compassionate care and help you explore whether office-based hysteroscopy is the right choice for you.

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