Hysteroscopy is a procedure that provides important information about the inside of your uterus to diagnose various conditions, such as abnormal bleeding. OB/GYN Albert C. Chan, MD, performs convenient, in-office hysteroscopy procedures at his practice in South Plainfield, New Jersey. If you need a hysteroscopy, call or book an appointment online today.
Hysteroscopy involves examining the inside of your uterus with a thin, lighted instrument called a hysteroscope. Dr. Chan inserts the hysteroscope through your vagina and into your cervix. This procedure allows him to visually inspect the inside of your uterus for abnormalities, such as fibroids.
Dr. Chan uses hysteroscopy to diagnose and treat various gynecologic conditions. Common reasons women may need a hysteroscopy include:
You can’t have a hysteroscopy if you’re pregnant. Dr. Chan may recommend a different type of test, such as a pelvic ultrasound.
Dr. Chan performs hysteroscopy procedures right in his office so you don’t have to go to the hospital. Before your hysteroscopy, Dr. Chan may give you medication to help you relax or use a local anesthetic to block pain. He may also give you medication to dilate your cervix.
During the procedure, you lie on your back with your feet elevated. Dr. Chan inserts the speculum into your vagina and gently spreads it to bring your cervix into view. Then, he inserts the hysteroscope and gently pushes it through your cervix and into your uterus.
He expands the walls of your uterus by filling it with carbon dioxide gas or a fluid, such as salt water. This helps Dr. Chan see the inner walls of your uterus more clearly. If necessary, he may take a small biopsy or perform a treatment at this time.
You should be able to go home shortly after your procedure. It’s normal to experience mild cramping or spotting (bloody discharge), but these symptoms typically subside within a few days. Cramping and spotting may be more severe if you had a biopsy or other treatment.
To schedule your hysteroscopy, call the office of Albert C. Chan, MD, or book an appointment online today.