What is Hysteroscopy?

 

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Hysteroscopy
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Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keith Reisler, MD, has practiced medicine for over 30 years. Specializing in women’s health, Dr. Keith Reisler of Plano, TX, completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School-Parkland Hospital, and is currently a private practitioner. He is trained in a minimally invasive procedure called hysteroscopy.

A hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure without an incision that allows a clinician to examine the interior of a patient’s uterus. With the use of glycine or normal saline, the uterus is filled and a lighted instrument called a hysteroscope is inserted into the uterus via the vagina and cervix. With minimal invasion, the procedure allows for a surgeon or gynecologist to view and perform medical treatments inside the uterus.

A hysteroscopy may be used to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding via surgical removal of damaged tissue or cauterization with an electric current or laser. Additionally, the procedure allows for a clinician to determine the cause of severe blood loss due to uterine fibroids. Another advantage of a hysteroscopy is the ability for a gynecologist to administer treatment involving medications with significant side effects based on a conclusive diagnosis.

Done on an outpatient basis, a hysteroscopy takes up to 45 minutes and requires either spinal or general anesthesia. In preparation for the procedure, patients are requested to fast and abstain from ingesting any solid food or liquid drinks for up to eight hours before the exam.