Many people might confuse a hysteroscopy with a hysterectomy, however, the two are vastly different. Hysteroscopy uses a camera to diagnose and treat problems that a patient might be facing.
Diagnostic hysteroscopy: A diagnostic hysteroscopy uses a thin instrument called a hysteroscope (think of a telescope with a camera and light at the end) to examine the uterus. It is inserted through the cervix to reach the uterus.
This procedure is performed to diagnose:
- Abnormal bleeding
- Endometrial hyperplasia
Operative hysteroscopy: This method is used to treat abnormalities like polyps or adhesives (usually caused by endometriosis), and more by inserting scissors, biopsy forceps, cautery or clamping tools through the hysteroscope.
Hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require an overnight stay in the hospital and allows you to get home to recover. This procedure is safe, effective, and comes with few risks.