A hysteroscopy procedure is a treatment in which doctor inserts a device in your uterus. It has light and camera on its end to help the doctor see inside the uterus. There are several conditions in which a doctor may suggest this procedure to a patient. It may be for diagnostic or surgical purpose. It is used for:
1. visual confirmation of some test results.
2. helping in the removal of polyps and fibroids.
3. in accordance with laparoscopic process
4. before a D&C process
5. to check malformation of the uterus.

When should hysteroscopy be done?
Your doctor may suggest scheduling the procedure of hysteroscopy in the first week after of your periods. It gives the best view inside your uterus. It is also done to evaluate the cause of unexplained bleeding or spotting in menopause women.

Who should go for hysteroscopy test?
Though you have plethora of benefits linked with hysteroscopy, but it is not suggested for some women. A doctor who specialise in this procedure will consult your regular physician to find out whether it is suitable for you or not.

Hysteroscopy procedure
Your major doctor will refer you to a specialist to undergo procedure of hysteroscopy. The procedure is done in the same way as a gynaecological evaluation, keeping your feet in the stirrup position.
What happens in the hysteroscopy process?
1. The doctor spreads the cervix with the help of a tool just like a gynaecological exam.
2. He will then insert the hysteroscopy device through the vagina. He will move it through the cervix and enter the uterus.
3. A liquid or gaseous carbon dioxide is released in the uterus to clear the surface and slightly widen the uterus.
4. The light and camera of the device help the doctor to see the fallopian tubes and uterus.
5. If the hysteroscopy treatment is being used for surgery, then the tube will be used to perform the surgery.

The procedure is painless. You may feel some cramping. Your doctor may give you some sedative for it from beforehand, to help you in staying relaxed. The amount of anaesthesia depends on the purpose for which hysteroscopy treatment is being done. The process takes around 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on what is being done.
If the hysteroscopy test is just being done for diagnosis, then it can be done in the doctor’s chamber with local or regional anaesthesia. It is also workable if it involves simple removal of small polyps. However, if the test is being done for an in-depth surgical procedure, then you may have to go to the hospital for this. In such a scenario, your doctor will use general anaesthesia depending on the kind of surgery he is performing.

Recovery period
The purpose for which hysteroscopy procedure was done determines your recovery period. However, some of the common things you may experience after the procedure are:
1. Cramping
2. Slight spotting or bleeding
3. Shoulder ache
4. Nausea
5. Dizziness
You can start eating or drinking instantly after the hysteroscopy. If you have had the procedure in the doctor’s chamber with local anesthesia, then you can leave in less than an hour. However, if you have been given regional anesthesia, then your doctor may make you stay till the effect of the sedative has completely gone down. It may take more than an hour or longer depending on the quantity of anesthesia given.

But, if you have been given general anesthesia, then you may have to stay in the hospital for a few hours. Your doctor may also suggest you to stay overnight in the hospital to keep you under observation.
In rare cases, doctor may prescribe a pain medication to quicken the recovery. If any surgery is involved, then your doctor may ask you to rest for a few days and then resume your normal life. Make sure you follow the instructions of your doctor.
Complete cost of Hysteroscopy
You can expect the price of a hysteroscopy treatment somewhere between $750 to $3500. The range varies depending on the procedure extent. If it is just a diagnostic procedure, then the cost may be less. But, if it involves surgery, then the price includes hospital bills and general anaesthesia cost. The price for extensive procedures can go up to $7000. There are some health insurance company which partially cover the procedure.

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If your hysteroscopy isn’t pure diagnostic, you should avoid sexual intercourse for a week. It may provoke chances of infection.