What is an office hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a procedure that is used to diagnose the causes of abnormal bleeding. The procedure allows Dr Tshikosi to look inside your uterus with a special tool called a hysteroscope. A hysteroscope is a lighted, thin, tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the inside of the uterus and the cervix. Hysteroscopy can be a part of a diagnostic procedure or an operative procedure. Dr Tshikosi conducts hysteroscopy procedures in the comfort of his private practice.
Do I need an office hysteroscopy?
Although the most common reasons for a hysteroscopy are periods that are longer or heavier than normal, you might also need the procedure in these situations:
- Your pap smear test results are abnormal.
- You have been bleeding after menopause.
- There are fibroids, polyps, or scarring on your uterus.
- You’ve had more than one miscarriage or problems getting pregnant.
- Your doctor needs a small tissue sample (biopsy) of the lining of your uterus.
- You’re having a sterilisation procedure as a permanent form of birth control.
- Your IUD has come out of place.
After the Procedure
You will probably be able to go home soon after the procedure. But if you received local or general anaesthetic, you will need someone to drive you home.
For a few days after the procedure, you might have some mild bleeding or cramping. You may also have gas that can last up to 24 hours. Dr Tshikosi may give you medicine to relieve any pain.
You will have to avoid sex for at least 2 weeks after the procedure. Before you are sent home, Dr Tshikosi will tell you more about how to take care of yourself after the procedure.