What is Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is a procedure where a thin, lighted tube (Endoscope) is inserted inside the uterine cavity through a cervix. The Surgeon can look through the Hysteroscope into your uterine cavity and can see whether the ostia, endometrium or cavity has any pathology. Similarly outer end of the Hysteroscope is attached to a video camera, which allows us to view and record the image.
Advanced Hysteroscopic Surgery includes:
• Hysteroscopic Polypectomy
• Hysteroscopic Myomectomy
• Hysteroscopic TCRE
• Hysteroscopic Septum removal
• Hysteroscopic Tubal canulation
• Hysteroscopic treatment for Asherman’s syndrome
What are the possible complications?
Hysteroscopy is a very commonly performed operation. The possible complications include:
• Uterine perforation
These are very rare complications with an incidence of less than 1 in 1000 patients. They are more seen in patients with risk factors such as previous surgery at the neck of the womb, in patients with fibroids in the womb, uterine adhesions and so on.
Instructions After Discharge
Avoid lifting heavy weights and avoid standing for too long in the first 24 hours. There are no specific restrictions on your diet after going home. You can have bath after the first 24 hours. As per the doctor’s advice you may need to take antibiotics for a total of five days. Painkillers can be taken as and when required, but only after food and preferably with an antacid most patients are seen seven days after the operation to ensure that the recovery is complete and to discuss the findings and plan further treatment.
When can I go to work?
It is advisable to stay away from work for atleast the 48 hours. Most people resume work after the first 48 to 72 hours after a hysteroscopy procedure.