After a doctor determines that an operative hysteroscopy is the best course of action for a patient, the procedure will be scheduled by our OR coordinator. This surgery is usually performed as an outpatient using general anesthesia (where the patient is put completely to sleep).
During the procedure, the doctor will guide the hysteroscope through the cervix and into the uterus. This tool will allow the doctor to fill the uterus (usually with a saline solution) so that it is easier to view the uterine wall and examine what needs to be treated. The hysteroscope has a camera that allows doctors to see what they are doing with great detail, and small tools for any operative aspects of the procedure can be easily passed through the scope for treatment.
Each operative hysteroscopy will be different depending on what is found during the hysteroscopy. Some operations are more complex than others, thus increasing the length of the procedure.