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As a women’s health expert, Dr. Spencer Kellogg at Women’s Rejuvenation Center of Florida in Miami uses a number of minimally invasive tools to help diagnose and treat various health conditions, including a hysteroscopy.
This gynecological procedure, most often used when you’re experiencing heavy bleeding from an unknown cause, allows Dr. Kellogg to view your uterus without the need for surgery. If you’re experiencing heavy bleeding or have other gynecological health concerns, call today to book an appointment.
Hysteroscopy Q & A
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a procedure Dr. Kellogg performs in the office to view your uterus and diagnose and treat uterine medical conditions. To perform the procedure, Dr. Kellogg uses a hysteroscope, which is a medical camera and telescope device with a light so Dr. Kellogg can view your uterus on a screen.
Why would I need a hysteroscopy?
Dr. Kellogg may recommend a hysteroscopy for a number of different reasons, including:
To investigate abnormal menstrual bleeding
To locate an intrauterine device (IUD)
Assist in diagnosis of frequent miscarriages
Remove uterine adhesions
Perform a polypectomy
Tie your Fallopian tubes
What can I expect during a hysteroscopy?
To reduce discomfort during your hysteroscopy, Dr. Kellogg may provide an anesthetic. To improve viewing, Dr. Kellogg may dilate your cervix either with medication or device.
Once you’re prepped and ready, Dr. Kellogg inserts a speculum into your vagina, then the hysteroscope, which he gently moves through your cervix to your uterus. Once in the uterus, the fluid through the hysteroscope to open up the uterus for better viewing of your reproductive organs, including your Fallopian tubes and ovaries. If a procedure needs to be performed, special surgical instruments are passed through the hysteroscope for Dr. Kellogg to use. After the procedure, you may experience some minimal cramping and discharge for a few days, but the symptoms resolve quickly.
What is a polypectomy?
A polypectomy is the removal of uterine polyps, which are abnormal growths found on the uterine wall.
Common symptoms that may indicate you have uterine polyps include:
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Bleeding in between your period
Bleeding after menopause
Dr. Kellogg is able to perform a polypectomy in the office during a hysteroscopy. Although rare, polyps can be cancerous, and the tissue is sent out for testing after removal.
Although not very common, polyps can grow back. If you've had a polypectomy, be sure to follow up with Dr. Kellogg as scheduled so he can monitor your health and take action as needed.
For diagnosis and treatment of your abnormal uterine bleeding, call the office today to book an appointment.