Stellar Women's Care
Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Memorial City, Houston, TX
If you have abnormal bleeding, Woo Hyun Sohn, MD, provides extensive testing, including diagnostic hysteroscopy, to identify the condition causing your pain. Dr. Sohn offers the procedure at Stellar Women's Care, his practice in Houston, Texas. If you're looking for expert gynecological care, call Stellar Women's Care, or schedule a consultation online today.
Diagnostic Hysteroscopy Q&A
What is a diagnostic hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that allows Dr. Sohn to examine the inside of your uterus and Fallopian tubes. He uses a device called a hysteroscope, which is a thin tube with a light and camera. The hysteroscope sends pictures and videos from inside your uterus to a screen in the treatment room.
Why would I need a diagnostic hysteroscopy?
Dr. Sohn uses diagnostic hysteroscopy to identify a variety of reproductive health issues.
Abnormal bleeding is the most common reason that you might need diagnostic hysteroscopy. For example, if you have heavy bleeding that requires you to change your tampon or pad more than once every two hours for several hours, Dr. Sohn can use diagnostic hysteroscopy to find out why?
Dr. Sohn might also recommend diagnostic hysteroscopy if you're experiencing fertility problems. He can identify structural issues that are either preventing you from getting pregnant or causing repeated miscarriages.
Dr. Sohn uses diagnostic hysteroscopy to identify and locate uterine growths like fibroids or polyps that cause pelvic pain and abnormal periods.
What happens during a diagnostic hysteroscopy?
Dr. Sohn may ask you to take a pregnancy test about a week before your hysteroscopy, as you can't have the procedure while you’re pregnant.
On the day of your procedure, Dr. Sohn may give you a sedative to help you stay relaxed and comfortable during the hysteroscopy. You change into a hospital gown and lie on a treatment table with your feet in stirrups, like when you have a Pap smear.
Dr. Sohn places a speculum into your vagina to hold it open. Then, he dilates your cervix and inserts the hysteroscope. He moves the devices around your uterus to get a clear look at the inside of your womb and the Fallopian tubes.
A diagnostic hysteroscopy lasts between 5-10 minutes. A friend or family member can drive you home when your sedation wears off. You might have some mild cramping and spotting for a day or two after your procedure, but these side effects wear off quickly.
If you're living with pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding, call Stellar Women's Care, or make an appointment online for expert diagnosis, including hysteroscopy.