If you have abnormal uterine bleeding or other problems with your uterus, you may need to undergo a hysteroscopy for diagnosis. In Randolph, New Jersey, women can trust Andrei Buna, MD, to perform this procedure and any follow-up necessary to resolve your uterine problems. Call the office or book an appointment online to learn more about the hysteroscopy procedure.
A hysteroscopy is a diagnostic procedure that helps a doctor see inside your uterus. During the procedure, which is performed at the surgery center, Dr. Buna inserts a thin, flexible telescope through your vagina and cervix into your uterus. Images from the hysteroscope are then seen on a screen.
Dr. Buna may also treat any problems discovered during diagnosis using the hysteroscope and additional instruments.
A hysteroscopy can be used for both diagnostic and operative purposes. It is often used to find out why you have abnormal vaginal bleeding -- defined as menstrual periods that are longer or heavier than normal or are irregular in timing. A hysteroscopy may also be used to:
Dr. Buna may also use a hysteroscopy to help locate an intrauterine device.
You may be given moderate sedation to help you relax, or in some cases, you may be placed under general anesthesia. Dr. Buna may dilate your cervix with medications or special dilators prior to the procedure to make the hysteroscopy go more smoothly.
Dr. Buna places a speculum into the vagina and inserts the hysteroscope. He then fills your uterus with salt water or carbon dioxide to expand it and get a better view of the uterine lining and fallopian tubes. He may perform a biopsy using instruments threaded in along with the hysteroscope. The procedure can be quick – lasting just five minutes – or take up to an hour, depending on what Dr. Buna finds.
You go home the same day of the procedure. You may experience light cramping or bloody discharge for a few days afterward.
A hysteroscopy is less invasive than open surgery and some other procedures, and it comes with a shorter hospital stay and recovery time. Oftentimes, Dr. Buna can use the hysteroscopy for treatment of uterine issues, so you can avoid having a hysterectomy and open abdominal surgery.
If you have uterine issues, call Dr. Buna’s office or book an appointment online.