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The uterus, or womb, is located low in a woman’s abdomen, and is where she nurtures a growing baby until is reaches full term. A hysteroscope is a thin, lighted tube with a camera at the end that allows the doctor to examine the inside lining of your uterus (endometrium) to detect the cause of abnormalities, like unusual bleeding. A hysteroscopy at our San Antonio practice can help our fertility experts detect and treat problems with your uterus that may be preventing you from becoming pregnant. Hysteroscopy is often a vital tool in your fertility evaluation, and can offer a non-invasive alternative to traditional and laser surgery. To learn more about the hysteroscopy procedure, contact our office today and schedule an initial consultation.
What is a Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy can be a diagnostic or an operative procedure. During treatment, the hysteroscope is inserted into the vagina and gently moved through the cervix into the uterus. As a diagnostic tool, a hysteroscope, with a light and camera attached to its end, can provide a clear picture of your uterine lining, and reveal any abnormalities. If abnormalities are identified, an operative hysteroscopy can be performed at the same time as the diagnosis, eliminating the need for a separate appointment. To perform the operation, small instruments are passed through the hysteroscope. The procedure is often used in combination with other surgeries, including laparoscopy.
A range of uterine conditions can be corrected with a hysteroscopy, including:
- Noncancerous growths in the uterus, such as polyps and fibroids
- Adhesions, or bands of scar tissue, that can lead to menstrual changes and infertility
- Septums, or congenital deformities of the uterus
- Abnormal bleeding, like unusually heavy periods, or bleeding between periods
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Your comfort is as important to us as the success of your fertility treatment. With innovative technology like the hysteroscope, our team can expertly identify and treat most underlying issues that can impede your reproductive goals. To learn more about how modern fertility programs can help you start your family, contact us today to book an appointment.