Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to look at the inside of the uterus. During hysteroscopy, a lighted viewing instrument (hysteroscope) is placed through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus.
Hysteroscopy is done to examine the lining of the uterus (endometrium), help collect a biopsy sample, or guide surgery to remove growths in the uterus. You may be given a medicine (sedative) to relax you for the test. Or general, regional, or local anesthesia can be used. A gynecologist or surgeon performs the procedure, which usually takes less than 30 minutes. But it may take longer if a treatment (like a polyp removal) is done during the test. You can usually go home the same day.
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