In cases where you have abnormal bleeding, fibroids, or polyps, hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to assess and treat your condition. Daniel Richards, MD, FACOG, and the team at Darin Swainston, MD, FACOG, in Las Vegas, Nevada, provide this procedure conveniently onsite. You can receive evidence-based gynecologic treatment close to home, saving you the expense and inconvenience of a trip to the hospital. Call or schedule a consultation online today.
Hysteroscopy is a simple procedure performed by Dr. Richards, an expert gynecologic surgeon, that allows him to see inside your uterus in order to diagnose medical issues and perform the treatment. The procedure involves the use of a hysteroscope, a telescope-like instrument with a light. Your gynecologist inserts the hysteroscope through your vagina into your uterus.
Once there, the instrument transmits images of your uterus onto a monitor that your gynecologist views to look for signs of abnormalities. Dr. Richards will also use other instruments during your procedure to remove any growths and address the causes of abnormal bleeding and other conditions.
If he finds it necessary, Dr. Richards may recommend a hysteroscopy in order to diagnose:
Hysteroscopy also allows Dr. Richards to remove any uterine fibroids or adhesions (scar tissue) from past infections or surgery. The procedure also can be used during a sterilization procedure or to locate an intrauterine device (IUD).
Dr. Richards can perform the hysteroscopy in-office, saving you the expense and inconvenience of a trip to the hospital. To prepare, you receive oral sedation and local anesthesia, which carries few side effects and avoids the risks of general anesthesia.
Your gynecologist begins by inserting a speculum into your vagina and dilating your cervix. They gently thread the hysteroscope through your cervix.
Once the instrument is in place, your gynecologist inserts harmless saltwater or carbon dioxide gas into your uterus to see your uterine lining more clearly. Then, they perform your treatment.
You may have some bloody discharge or mild cramps for a few days afterward. Dr. Richards prescribes pain relievers as needed to ease any potential discomfort.
If you think you'd benefit from a hysteroscopy to diagnose and treat your health problem, and you'd like to avoid a trip to the hospital, Dr. Richards and the team at Darin Swainston, MD, FACOG, can discuss whether this procedure is appropriate for you. Find out more by calling their office today or scheduling a consultation online.