Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside your uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding. Hysteroscopy is done using a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and inside of the uterus. Hysteroscopy can be either diagnostic or operative.
Conditions That Can Be Treated with Hysteroscopic Surgery
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Causes of repeated miscarriages
Structural abnormalities of the uterus
Who Is a Good Candidate for Hysteroscopy Intervention?
Women with abnormal uterine bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, infertility problems (when a deformity within the uterine cavity is suspected), or repeated miscarriages
Women with uterine abnormalities, such as polyps, fibroids, and intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue inside the uterine cavity)
How to Prepare for Hysteroscopy Procedure?
In some cases, blood work is done, usually within one week of the procedure.
If general anesthesia is required, do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before the procedure.
If the procedure will be performed under local anesthesia, you may be given a sedative before the test to relax you.
Before the procedure begins, the doctor may perform a complete pelvic exam and may take cultures of the vagina and cervix.
For general anesthesia, an intravenous (IV) needle or catheter is inserted into a vein in your arm and the medication is administered.
What are the Benefits of Hysteroscopy?
Compared with other, more invasive procedures, hysteroscopy may provide the following advantages:
Correction the following uterine conditions:
Polyps and fibroids
Shorter hospital stay
Shorter recovery time
Less pain medication needed after surgery
Avoidance of hysterectomy
Possible avoidance of "open" abdominal surgery
What is the Price for Hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy takes about 30 minutes, and can cost anywhere from $750 to $6,000 depending on the extent of the procedure.
In the USA, the cheapest hysteroscopy cost an average of $1,500, while the most expensive type of hysteroscopy cost an average of $7,000. And in UK vary from $1,770 to $10,800.
Hysteroscopy procedure in Mexico costs are around $4,500. In Jordanian health care centers, the hysteroscopy procedure costs $2,500-$3,500, depending on the type of surgery. Surgery for hysteroscopy in Costa Rica can be in the range of $5,500 - $6,000.
Who Performs the Hysteroscopy Procedure?
Hysteroscopy has been done in the hospital, surgical centers and the office, by a gynecologist trained in hysteroscopy. It is best done when the endometrium is relatively thin, that is after a menstruation. Diagnostic can easily be done in an office or clinic setting. Local anesthesia can be used. Simple operative hysteroscopy can also be done in an office or clinic setting. Analgesics are not always necessary.
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