Hysteroscopy is a way for the endoscopic surgeon to look at the lining of the uterus. Through this procedure it is used a hysteroscope, a tiny tube (it has diameter of 3 to 10 mm) which carries a light and camera at the end. The hysteroscope provides the image onto a high-definition screen. The hysteroscope is inserted into the womb through vagina and cervix, which means that there is no need for surgical wounds.
Diagnostic hysteroscopy is used to diagnose endometrial pathology and to define results of other tests, such as hysterosalpingograph (HSG) and sonography.
Hysterosalpingograph (HSG) is a type of x-ray which is used contrast material in order to examine the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Indications of Diagnostic Hysteroscopy
- Heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
- Vaginal bleeding between the expected menstrual periods
- Postmenopausal bleeding (vaginal bleeding after menopause)
- Moreover, hysteroscopy and laparoscopy, can be combined together in some cases (such as repeated miscarriages) or fertility problems.
Is it necessary to stay at hospital after a hysteroscopy?
Usually, a mild sedative is used, so woman can discharge from the hospital few hours after the procedure.
How do I decide which option is better for me?
Talk to Gynecologist - Endoscopic surgeon Dr. Marinakis.
Doctor should examine you in order to be assured that there is an indication for a Diagnostic Hysteroscopy.
If they have discouraged you from Hysteroscopy, and you do not have enough information not only about the indications of the procedure, but also about your treatment planning, you may be in the wrong place!
Overall, hysteroscopy is a really safe procedure; however every single medical practice is safe only if it is managed by a specialist.
Gynecologist Dr. Marinakis specialises in gynecological hysteroscopy. He is certified in advanced laparoscopy and hysteroscopy by Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was also a member of Laparoscopic training unit “MATTU” in United Kingdom.
How much does a hysteroscopy cost?