January 15, 2017 Liza Swedarsky, MD FacebookTwitterPinterestA hysteroscopy is a procedure performed to visualize inside the uterus. The procedure is typically performed to identify causes for abnormal uterine bleeding and irregular periods such as the growth of fibroid tumors or uterine polyps. We can perform this procedure in our office as well as in the operating room. When performing the procedure in our office, we ask that you take ibuprofen 30 minutes prior to your appointment. A small camera is placed inside the cervix that is approximately 3-5mm in diameter (equivalent to the end of an ink pen). A water-like solution is used to distend the inside of the uterus so that growths of polyps or fibroids may be seen easily. You may have menstrual like cramps during the procedure that quickly resolve once the camera is removed, however no recovery time or time away from work is necessary. If having the procedure in the operating room, you will typically need one day for recovery at home due to the affects of anesthesia. If a large polyp or fibroids are found, they will need to be removed in the operating room requiring a Hysteroscopic Myomectomy(removal of a fibroid) or Polypectomy(Removal of a Polyp).