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Hysteroscopy

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Right after the test, you will be taken to a recovery area where nurses will care for and observe you. Usually you will stay in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours, and then you will be moved to a hospital room or you will go home. In addition to any special instructions from your doctor, your nurse will explain information to help you in your recovery. You will likely go home with a sheet of care instructions and who to call if you have any problems.

It is normal to have a small amount of vaginal bleeding for a day or so after a hysteroscopy. You also may have some mild belly pain if a gas was used during the test. This should go away in 24 hours. You can take acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to relieve the pain.

Follow any instructions your doctor gave you. Call your doctor if you have:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding or discharge (more than a normal menstrual period).
  • A fever.
  • Severe belly or pelvic pain or cramping.
  • Problems urinating.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Vomiting.

Results

A hysteroscopy is a way for your doctor to look at the lining of your uteruscamera.gif. He or she uses a thin viewing tool called a hysteroscope. Your doctor will talk to you about what he or she sees at the time of the hysteroscopy.

Hysteroscopy
Normal:

The inside of the uterus looks normal in size and shape.

No polyps, fibroids, or other growths are present.

Openings to the fallopian tubes look normal.

Abnormal:

The size or shape of the inside of the uterus does not look normal.

Scar tissue is present in the uterus.

Uterine polyps, fibroids, or other growths are present.

A misplaced intrauterine device (IUD) is found and removed.

The uterine openings to one or both fallopian tubes are closed.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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