Medical innovation has made it easier than ever to get a look at what’s going on inside your body without the need for even a single incision. Rockville Gynecology offers hysteroscopies to their patients to accurately diagnose and effectively treat a range of conditions. To learn more about this minimally invasive, highly effective tool that Astrid von Walter, MD, and Carolynn Young, MD, offer, call the Rockville, Maryland, office, or book your visit online.
This procedure is designed to grant Dr. Young or Dr. von Walter the ability to take a look at what’s going on inside your cervix and uterus without the need for any incisions.
During your hysteroscopy, your Rockville Gynecology practitioner inserts a long, thin tube into your vagina. The hysteroscope has a light on the end, giving them the ability to look at your reproductive organs.
The two types of hysteroscopies are diagnostic and operative:
If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding, excessive cramping, or another issue with your reproductive health, your Rockville Gynecology practitioner uses a diagnostic hysteroscopy to assess the state of your uterus and your cervix, helping her tailor effective treatment to you.
You may also need a diagnostic hysteroscopy if:
While using the hysteroscope, Dr. von Walter and Dr. Young can do more than just look at your cervix and uterus. They can also use this tool to guide them during certain procedures, making it possible to perform those procedures without the need for any incisions.
This minimizes your post-op pain and recovery time. Minimally invasive surgical procedures offered at Rockville Gynecology include endometrial ablation. Your doctor can also remove polyps or take a sample of the lining, known as dilation and curettage (D&C).
During your operative hysteroscopy, a board-certified anesthesiologist will use local anesthesia or IV sedation to ensure you’re comfortable during the entire procedure. For hysteroscopies performed under local anesthesia, the patient can drive themselves home.
This procedure is a lot like a Pap smear. You relax with your feet in stirrups as your hysteroscopy specialist inserts a speculum (the same device used during a Pap smear) into your vagina to keep it open. Then, she uses either medication or tools to dilate your cervix.
Next, she gently inserts the hysteroscope through your cervix into your uterus. You will likely feel some pressure but your Rockville Gynecology practitioner will work with you to ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure.
You’ll be able to head home right after your procedure. You might experience some cramping or light bleeding for a few days afterward, but your recovery should be quick and easy.
Call Rockville Gynecology or book your appointment online for more information.