What is an office hysteroscopy?
An office hysteroscopy is a minor procedure done in the gynecologist office setting (instead of an operating room) that allows us to evaluate the entire uterine cavity and cervical canal. Using a speculum to see the cervix (similar to a pap smear), a very small cameral is placed gently through the opening of the cervix so we can see the cavity of the uterus and evaluate for an abnormalities. At the same time, a small biopsy of cells from the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) can be sampled to make sure the cells are normal.
The benefits of doing this procedure in the office, is that it is well tolerated and very fast, allowing you to return to your normal activities immediately. In addition, we do these hysteroscopies four days a week in our office, offering much flexibility to fit with your schedule.
Who should have an office hysteroscopy?
There are many conditions in which an office hysteroscopy is warranted and beneficial. These include: abnormal uterine bleeding, including heavy bleeding or irregular bleeding, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, history of uterine polyps, recurrent pregnancy loss, infertility, and prior failed In vitro fertilization cycle.