Heavy periods may be a sign of fibroids or polyps in your uterus among other things. Women 2 Women Medical Center in Irvine, California, offers hysteroscopy, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to assess and treat common uterine conditions. The procedure is performed by board-certified OB/GYN G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD, who has performed more than 1,000 successful surgeries. For holistic, patient-centered care, call today or book a consultation online.
Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Bhatnagar uses a hysteroscope, a slim telescope-like device, to see the inside of your uterus.
Dr. Bhatnagar threads the device through your vagina and into your uterus, where a camera on the device captures and sends real-time pictures. Dr. Bhatnagar reviews the pictures to diagnose and treat problems related to your uterus.
At Women 2 Women Medical Center, Dr. Bhatnagar recommends hysteroscopy to treat uterine conditions, such as:
She also may recommend the procedure to correct uterine adhesions, which are bands of scar tissue.
You're given general anesthesia, so you’re asleep during your procedure. Dr. Bhatnagar gently inserts a speculum into your vagina and dilates your cervix, which connects your vagina and uterus. She inserts the hysteroscope into your uterus via your cervix.
She gradually expands your uterus with a solution of saltwater. The water helps her to see your uterine cavity and Fallopian tubes through the hysteroscope.
She performs your treatment, removing scar tissue, fibroids, or other abnormalities with tiny surgical instruments. You can go home once you've woken up from the anesthesia.
Endometrial ablation is a corrective treatment that Dr. Bhatnagar sometimes performs in conjunction with a hysteroscopy. Endometrial ablation relieves heavy menstrual bleeding by destroying your uterine lining — the source of your heavy periods. After treatment, you typically have a light period or no period at all.
Afterward, you may have some bloody discharge or mild cramps for a few days. Dr. Bhatnagar and the team at Women 2 Women Medical Center walk you through your post-surgical care, prescribing you medication to help ease any discomfort.
If you’ve been having exceptionally heavy periods, you may benefit from a hysteroscopy to diagnose and treat your women's health problems. Call Women 2 Women Medical Center today, or schedule a consultation online to learn more about the advantages of hysteroscopy.