What are the benefits of hysteroscopy?

Compared with other, more invasive procedures, hysteroscopy may provide the following advantages:

  • Shorter hospital stay.
  • Shorter recovery time.
  • Less pain medication needed after surgery.
  • Avoidance of hysterectomy.
  • Possible avoidance of "open" abdominal surgery.

How safe is hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a relatively safe procedure. However, as with any type of surgery, complications are possible. With hysteroscopy, complications occur in less than 1% of cases and can include:

  • Risks associated with anesthesia.
  • Infection.
  • Heavy bleeding.
  • Injury to the cervix, uterus, bowel or bladder.
  • Intrauterine scarring.
  • Reaction to the substance used to expand the uterus.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/18/2018.

References

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. FAQ: Hysteroscopy. Accessed 7/19/2018.
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Hysteroscopy. Accessed 7/19/2018.
  • Cain J, ElMasri WM, Gregory T, Kohn EC. Chapter 41. Gynecology. In: Brunicardi FC, Andersen DK, Billiar TR, Dunn DL, Hunter JG, Matthews JB, Pollock RE, eds. Schwartz's Principles of Surgery. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2010. Accessed 7/19/2018.

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