Learn more about hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive fertility surgery
Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our San Antonio fertility surgeons to visualize the inside of your uterus. It is performed for both diagnosis and treatment of various uterine conditions to help patients overcome fertility challenges and improve their chances of conceiving.
How hysteroscopy is performed
Our San Antonio fertility surgeons perform hysteroscopy using a hysteroscope, which is a thin, narrow, lighted device that is passed through the vagina and cervix and into the uterine cavity. Using a small fiber optic camera attached to the device, an image of your uterus is projected onto a viewing screen. The uterus is then expanded using fluid to allow for better visualization. The procedure requires general anesthesia. If biopsy or treatment is necessary, other instruments may also be used with the hysteroscope.
Hysteroscopy can diagnose many fertility issues
Hysteroscopy allows our San Antonio fertility surgeons to diagnose abnormalities in the uterine lining or the uterine cavity that may interfere with conception.
Several conditions can be diagnosed with hysteroscopy.
- Congenital abnormalities, including uterine septum, a condition where the uterus is divided by a band of tissue.
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Recurrent miscarriage, which means two or more consecutive miscarriages.
Certain conditions can also be corrected during operative hysteroscopy.
- Removal of adhesions caused by infection or previous surgery
- Treatment of polyps and fibroids
- Resection of a uterine septum
Recovering from hysteroscopy
In most cases, you can return home shortly after the procedure, once the effects of anesthesia have worn off. It is common to experience a small amount of vaginal bleeding or bloody discharge along with mild cramping until your next period. There are no incisions made during a hysteroscopy, so most patients can return to work the next day. Heavy bleeding, fever or intense pain is not normal and should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Benefit from the skill and experience of our fertility surgeons
Before you undergo hysteroscopy, you want to make sure that you’re in the care of an experienced fertility surgeon. Our San Antonio fertility surgeons are board certified in obstetrics & gynecology as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility. They provide the full spectrum of fertility surgical procedures and treatments that have helped patients overcome infertility and become parents to healthy babies.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about hysteroscopy.