Hysteroscopy is performed with the use of a hysteroscope, a thin
telescope inserted through the cervix into the uterus. Modern hysteroscopes are thin enough to fit through the cervix
with minimal or no dilation.
Because the inside of the uterus is a potential cavity, like a
collapsed air dome, it is necessary to fill (distend) it with a
liquid in order to see it completely.
A diagnostic hysteroscopy is usually done to
look for fibroids, polyps and other problems that may be causing
An operative hysteroscopy is performed by
inserting very thin instruments into the uterus to remove polyps,
cut adhesions and do other procedures.
In many situations, operative hysteroscopy may offer an
alternative to more invasive surgery.
For more information, speak with your gynecologist or primary