A hysteroscopy is a technique used to look inside the uterus. Using a thin, camera device that is placed inside the uterus through the vagina and cervix, your doctor will be able to diagnose or treat a problem in the uterus treat a problem
in the uterus. Hysteroscopies are commonly performed to remove a polyp or fibroid from inside the uterus. It may also be used in conjunction with a D&C to determine if there are any abnormalities in the uterus’ interior lining.
Hysteroscopies are performed as an outpatient procedure. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the surgery. Pain medications or general anesthesia may be used to alleviate any pain associated with the procedure so it is important to have someone drive you home from the hospital. Mild to moderate cramping and spotting can be expected. Sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least one week following the procedure. Please schedule a follow-up appointment one week after the surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is any surgical procedure which relies on a laparoscope, a thin metal device which helps the surgeon to see inside the abdominal cavity. The surgeon will typically make a small incision in or near the navel, and insert the laparoscope through the incision. Using attached optics, the surgeon can see an enhanced image through the end of the thin metal rod, which also illuminates the area inside the abdomen. Then, a number of operations can be performed by using various attachments to the laparoscope, such as scissors, a laser, a sonic scalpel or many others. Laparoscopic surgery is a very effective and as minimally invasive an operation as possible, and the recovery time for laparoscopy is markedly low. Laparoscopes may also be used in conjunction with other surgical procedures or devices to increase the efficiency or effectiveness of other abdominal surgeries.
If you suffer from persistent urinary tract infections, incontinence or the constant urge to urinate, consult your doctor about undergoing urodynamic testing. Urodynamics is the investigation of the function and dysfunction of the lower urinary tract. Urodynamic Testing consists of a simple, painless series of tests that allows your doctor to evaluate any problems your bladder may have with storing or emptying urine and determine the best course of treatment. Urodynamic Testing normally takes between 15 and 30 minutes and does not require sedating medication.
We encourage you to talk with your doctor about incontinence problems so we can help you enjoy your life without these embarrassing problems.
Thomas A. Durnell, MD