In-Office Hysteroscopy

Palm Valley Women's Care

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in Phoenix, AZ & Avondale, AZ

If you’re experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, have polyps, or develop another similar issue, undergoing an in-office hysteroscopy is one of the quickest and most effective solutions to find and treat the cause. Miles Howard, MD, George Davidson, MD, and the experienced team at Palm Valley Women’s Care provide expert hysteroscopy evaluations in Phoenix and Avondale, Arizona. Call your nearest office to book your appointment.

In-Office Hysteroscopy Q & A

Why do I need an in-office hysteroscopy?

An in-office hysteroscopy procedure gives your OB/GYN the opportunity to get a close glimpse inside your uterus and, if needed, remove abnormal tissues. Your doctor may recommend a hysteroscopy if you have:

  • Spotting after menopause 
  • Abnormally heavy bleeding
  • Abnormal Pap smear results 
  • Uterine adhesions or scar tissue
  • Uterine, endometrial, or cervical polyps 
  • Problems with your uterus or fallopian tubes
  • Abnormal hysterosalpingography (HSG) results

Your OB/GYN is likely going to recommend scheduling your hysteroscopy the week after your menstrual period, so they can get the clearest view of the inside of your uterus. 

What happens during an in-office hysteroscopy?

Palm Valley Women’s Care proudly offers in-office hysteroscopy procedures under light sedation whenever possible. 

After administering your sedative and getting you comfortable on the exam table, your OB/GYN inserts the hysteroscope — a thin, lighted tube — into your vagina and through your cervix.

They may also inject liquid or gas through the hysteroscope to expand your uterus, which allows your OB/GYN to see clearly into your uterus and evaluate tissues. 

If there’s anything abnormal that needs to be removed, such as polyps, your doctor can gently scrape away the problem tissues by inserting thin tools through the hysteroscope. 

How long does it take to recover from a hysteroscopy?

Because most hysteroscopy procedures can be performed right in the office at Palm Valley Women’s Care, you can expect to go home shortly after your procedure. But you’re going to need a ride home because of the effects of sedation.

It’s common to experience some mild cramping (almost like menstrual cramps) and vaginal bleeding for a couple of days after your in-office hysteroscopy at Palm Valley Women’s Care. You may also have some gas and bloating if gas was given during your hysteroscopy.  

Typically, you can return to work and most of your regular activities the following day. It’s just important to avoid douching, wearing tampons, or having sexual intercourse for about two weeks after your hysteroscopy, just to prevent infection and to allow tissues to heal. 

You can schedule your in-office hysteroscopy evaluation at Palm Valley Women’s Care by calling any office to speak with a team member.