Polypectomy is the removal of a polyp. A polyp is an abnormal tissue growth on the mucous membrane, most commonly seen in the colon and uterus. Hysteroscopy is a thin, telescope-like piece of medical equipment used to diagnose and treat problems of the uterus. Hence, hysteroscopic polypectomy is the removal of polyps present on the uterus lining by inserting small equipment through it called a hysteroscope. Polyps are not cancerous, but if left untreated, they can turn into cancer cells eventually and cause several issues in your body.
Hence, if you notice abnormalities, it is advisable to contact your doctor and talk about your symptoms.
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How Do You Know You Need a Hysteroscopic Polypectomy?
You should contact your doctor immediately and discuss your problems if you experience severe symptoms such as:
- ● Irregular menstrual bleeding
- ● Vaginal bleeding after menopause
- ● Heavy bleeding during menstruation
- ● Bleeding when you are not on your periods
The symptoms may also vary from mild to severe. Some women may only have light bleeding, while others may not have any symptoms at all. If this condition is causing you pain, you might immediately need a polypectomy after talking with your doctor.
Why is Hysteroscopic Polypectomy Conducted?
When Should Hysteroscopic Polypectomy be Performed?
What To Do Before the Hysteroscopic Polypectomy?
What Happens During the Surgery?
- ● The doctor widens your cervix as the Hysteroscope will pass through it.
- ● The Hysteroscope is then inserted through your vagina and guided through your cervix into the uterus to the location of the polyp growth.
- ● The specialist will insert a liquid solution to clear any blood or mucus and widen the cavity.
- ● The Hysteroscope allows the doctor to see the uterus lining easily.
- ● Small instruments are then inserted through the scope, and the polyps are removed one by one.
The time required for the surgery will depend on the severity of the condition and if the lumps are small or big. Usually, it takes up to an hour to complete the procedure. The time taken during polypectomy is much less than the traditional method. You will be recommended to undergo Hysteroscopic surgery only after your specialist discusses it with your doctor and confirms it is appropriate for your body.
What Happens After the Surgery?
What are the Benefits of this Procedure?
- ● Reduced hospital stay
- ● No stitches or cuts required
- ● Less time-consuming
- ● Fast recovery
- ● Less pain
- ● In some conditions, this procedure may be the only option.
- ● Improves the quality of life
It also increases the rate of fertility in women who had problems getting pregnant due to polyps.
What are the Risks of Hysteroscopic Polypectomy?
● Heavy bleeding
● Infection in the urinary tract
● Injury in the surrounding tissue, which is very rare
● Incomplete polyp removal
● Risks related to anesthesia
● Reaction to the liquid solution used to widen the uterus
If any risks manifest, your doctor will guide you through every step gradually. Hence, it is very important to discuss everything with your doctor without leaving out any relevant information. This will enable your doctors to help you to the best of their abilities.