What is a hysteroscopy?
Office hysteroscopy allows for diagnosis and treatment of many conditions of the uterus without the need to go to the hospital operating room. This allows for immediate diagnosis of a patient’s abnormal uterine bleeding with quick recovery and minimal discomfort. Dr. Poppen is proficient in using the Endosee Advance office hysteroscope.
What to expect
During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Poppen will insert the hysteroscope into the vagina, through the cervix, and into the uterus. Next, a liquid will be injected through the hysteroscope to expand the uterus for a better view. This allows the wall of the uterus to be examined for problems.
Most women feel they can return to work and normal activities the day after having a hysteroscopy. Though some women return to work after the procedure, others may wish to take a day or two to rest.
What is Endosee Advance?
Endosee Advance, the direct visualization system, is a compact, handheld tool that lets your doctor see the inside of your uterus quickly and easily right in their office. The procedure provides immediate diagnostic information at the time of your visit to help reduce your stress and worry of waiting.
Endosee Advance features a thin tube that is inserted into your uterus (womb). A tiny camera on the end helps your doctor see if there are any visible issues, such as growths (like polyps or fibroids) or other conditions. These issues can be the cause of several common concerns women face, such as abnormal bleeding and infertility.
Since the Endosee Advance System can be used in your doctor’s office, most women avoid having to go to the operating room or go under anesthesia.
What happens during the procedure?
As a first step, you should discuss the entire procedure with your doctor in detail, have all your questions answered, and feel comfortable.
Your doctor will prepare you for the procedure then you’ll lie on your back and place your feet in stirrups, just like during your annual exam. It is important to tell your doctor how you are feeling during the procedure.
The thin Endosee Advance tube will be inserted through your cervix and then inside your uterus. The camera at the end of the tube allows your doctor to look for any visible issues. The procedure usually lasts less than 3 minutes.
To get more information, your doctor may take a photo or video or decide to take a small sample (biopsy) of the lining of your uterus before removing the tube. Once completed, your doctor can review with you any photos or videos captured during the procedure.
What happens after the procedure?
Because the Endosee Advance System typically provides faster diagnostic results than other tests, your doctor may be able to determine whether or not another procedure or treatment plan is needed before you leave the office.
After your appointment, generally you are free to go about your normal daily activities.
Are there any potential side effects?
Use of the Endosee Advance System is safe and minimally invasive. Most patients experience little or no discomfort during or after the procedure.
Some women do experience spotting, menstrual-like cramps, and stomach discomfort. Your doctor may prescribe pain reliever to ease some of these side effects.
Because medical procedures involve risks, you should talk to your doctor.