Hysteroscopy is a safe, minimally invasive procedure to examine the inside of your uterus and treat any uterine problems contributing to your infertility. At New York Fertility Institute, your hysteroscopy takes place in a world-class facility, which includes a lab, operating and recovery rooms, a highly trained operating room team, and an exceptional group of anesthesiologists. To learn more about hysteroscopy or to schedule an exam, call the New York City office in Manhattan’s Upper East Side or use the online booking feature.
A hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which a scope is passed through your cervix and into your uterus. The procedure allows your doctor at New York Fertility Institute to examine the inside of your uterus, diagnose conditions causing infertility, and repair the problem.
Hysteroscopy is frequently performed to diagnose the cause of gynecological symptoms such as abnormal uterine bleeding and pelvic pain. At the New York Fertility Institute, the team performs hysteroscopy to determine the reason you have repeated miscarriages and to diagnose potential uterine conditions causing your infertility.
Conditions commonly diagnosed during hysteroscopy include:
When they interfere with getting pregnant, these problems are called female-factor infertility conditions.
The procedure is done using a long, narrow instrument called a hysteroscope, which is essentially a fiber-optic telescope. The instrument contains three channels. One channel holds the fiber optic light that allows the surgeon to see inside your uterus. The second channel is used to insert and retrieve fluid or gas that holds the uterine walls open. And finally, the third is an operative channel that holds instruments used to repair the problem.
Your New York Fertility Institute provider talks with you about the type of anesthesia you receive, explains the procedure and answers your questions. Then your hysteroscopy is performed much like a gynecological exam.
A speculum is used to open your vagina, and your cervix is gradually stretched just enough to accommodate the hysteroscope. Your doctor inserts the scope through your cervix and into the uterus, identifies problems, and performs whatever procedures are needed.
Since this procedure doesn’t use an incision through your abdomen, it requires very little recovery time. You stay in the office under observation until the anesthesia wears off, then you can go home.
You may have mild cramping or a slight, bloody discharge, but these side effects should only last a few days. Most women return to their normal activities within a day or two. However, your provider may recommend that you avoid sex for two weeks.
If you have questions about hysteroscopy, call New York Fertility Institute or schedule an appointment online.