Is hysteroscopy safe?

Hysteroscopy is a fairly safe procedure. Problems that can occur happen in less than 1% of cases, but include

  • Injury to the cervix or uterus
  • Infection
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Side effects from the anesthesia

Although general anesthesia is sometimes used, in the majority of cases it is not necessary. Hysteroscopy allows your physician to see inside your uterus and aids in the accurate diagnosis of some medical problems. The procedure and recovery time are usually short.

What problems can defects of the uterine cavity cause?

Abnormalities of the endometrial cavity can be responsible for infertility or problems with recurrent miscarriage.
Hysteroscopy and other methods, such as a hysterosalpingogram, ultrasound, or ultrasound with saline test are useful in diagnosing and correcting these defects.

Is it a big procedure? How much work would I miss?

Hysteroscopy is a day care procedure that is usually done in a hospital but can also be done in the office.
Usually the woman is discharged home approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours after the procedure. She can return to work the next morning. Mild pain and cramping is common after hysteroscopy, but it usually is brief (lasting perhaps 30 minutes, possibly up to 8 hours).