What you should know
A hysteroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of your uterus. Other procedures may also be done during the hysteroscopy.
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You may have abdominal cramping. You may bleed more than expected or get an infection. The procedure may scar your uterus and cause problems later. You may have a reaction to the medicines used to fill your uterus during the hysteroscopy. Your uterus, bowel, or bladder may be injured during the procedure. Without this procedure, caregivers may not be able to find the cause of your health problems.
The week before your procedure:
- Write down the correct date, time, and location of your procedure.
- Arrange a ride home. Ask a family member or friend to drive you home after your surgery or procedure. Do not drive yourself home.
- Ask your caregiver if you need to stop using aspirin or any other prescribed or over-the-counter medicine before your procedure or surgery.
- Bring your medicine bottles or a list of your medicines when you see your caregiver. Tell your caregiver if you are allergic to any medicine. Tell your caregiver if you use any herbs, food supplements, or over-the-counter medicine.
- You may need blood tests before your procedure. Talk to your caregiver about these or other tests you may need. Write down the date, time, and location for each test.
The night before your procedure:
- You may be given medicine to help you sleep.
- Ask caregivers about directions for eating and drinking.
The day of your procedure:
- Ask your caregiver before taking any medicine on the day of your procedure. These medicines include insulin, diabetic pills, high blood pressure pills, or heart pills. Bring a list of all the medicines you take, or your pill bottles, with you to the hospital.
- You or a close family member will be asked to sign a legal document called a consent form. It gives caregivers permission to do the procedure or surgery. It also explains the problems that may happen, and your choices. Make sure all your questions are answered before you sign this form.
- Caregivers may insert an intravenous tube (IV) into your vein. A vein in the arm is usually chosen. Through the IV tube, you may be given liquids and medicine.
- An anesthesiologist will talk to you before your surgery. You may need medicine to keep you asleep or numb an area of your body during surgery. Tell caregivers if you or anyone in your family has had a problem with anesthesia in the past.
What will happen:
Your legs will be put up in stirrups. An instrument called a hysteroscope will be inserted into your vagina. Carbon dioxide gas or a liquid will be put inside the uterus to open it. This allows caregivers to see the uterus more closely. Instruments may be used to remove polyps, fibroids, an IUD, or check for other problems if needed. A tissue sample may also be taken and sent to a lab for tests.
After your procedure:
You will be taken to a room to rest until you are fully awake. Caregivers will monitor you closely for any problems. Do not get out of bed until your caregiver says it is okay. When your caregiver sees that you are okay, you will be able to go home or be taken to your hospital room. A sanitary pad will be placed between your legs. A caregiver may check the pad soon after the procedure to watch for bleeding. You may feel faint, lightheaded, dizzy, or nauseated after your hysteroscopy.
Contact a caregiver if
- You cannot make it to your procedure.
- You have a fever.
- You get a cold or the flu.
- You have questions or concerns about your procedure.
Seek Care Immediately if
- Your symptoms get worse.
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