Hysteroscopy is an excellent diagnostic tool that provides a view of your cervix and uterus. At Advanced Women’s Center, Dr. Okey Okoli offers in-house hysteroscopy. The procedure provides the information needed to diagnose abnormalities in uterine or cervical tissues. There’s no need to live with uncomfortable gynecological issues when there are safe and effective treatment options available. If you live in or around the greater San Antonio, Texas, area, schedule an appointment online or over the phone to learn more about in-office hysteroscopy and other diagnostic techniques.
Hysteroscopy allows Dr. Okoli to examine the interior and lining of your uterus, as well as your cervix. A visual inspection of these tissues can reveal abnormalities and can help determine the next step in diagnosis or treatment.
Hysteroscopy can play a role in diagnosing the following gynecological issues:
In some cases, hysteroscopy offers a chance to add a visual inspection element to ultrasound or hysterosalpingography — a special type of uterine-specific X-ray — results. Used in combination with other screening tools, hysteroscopy can help “round out” a physician’s understanding of your cervical or uterine conditions.
Dr. Okoli is highly skilled in hysteroscopy, and offers the procedure as one of many diagnostic tools available at Advanced Women’s Center.
Prior to the procedure, you may receive medication to help you stay comfortable. Dr. Okoli inserts a vaginal speculum and gently directs it past your cervix and into your uterus. Next, he injects fluid or carbon dioxide gas to create a more open space for visual inspection. In some cases, your cervix needs to be dilated using special surgical instruments or medication.
The hysteroscope is inserted next, and allows Dr. Okoli to view the walls of your uterus and cervix. If there are areas of concern, it’s possible to complete a biopsy during the hysteroscopy by removing a small portion of cells.
You may experience minor cramping sensations during the procedure. A small amount of spotting or vaginal discharge is also normal. You might receive pain medication, but many women are able to find adequate relief with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Hysteroscopy has an excellent track record as a safe and effective diagnostic tool. First performed in 1869, the procedure has been a routine part of gynecological care since the 1970s. That said, there is always a risk of side effects with any procedure.
Hysteroscopy is not an appropriate procedure for pregnant women, or for those who are experiencing a pelvic infection. If you have cervical scarring, an obstructed cervical canal, or abnormal uterine positioning, hysteroscopy may not be possible.
In-office hysteroscopy can help Dr. Okoli better understand your current condition, and determine if you need additional testing or treatment. To learn more about the procedure, schedule an appointment today.