Observation in a recovery room for up to 4 hours, possibly followed by small amounts of abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding for 24 hours, are typical recovery stages after a hysteroscopy procedure, according to WebMD. Some women remain in the hospital, while others return home the same day.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are normally sufficient for treating any mild pain experienced in the first day after a hysteroscopy, explains WebMD. Unusual symptoms that require immediate consultation with a doctor include a fever, severe abdominal pain or cramping, heavy vaginal bleeding, difficulty breathing, and vomiting. A hysteroscope is a thin diagnostic tool, with a light and camera attached, that is inserted into the vagina and gently guided through the cervix to allow a doctor to examine the lining of a woman’s uterus, states WebMD. The doctor often views the images on a video screen.
A hysteroscopy procedure is used to diagnose the causes of infertility or to determine the presence of fibroids or cancer. A doctor passes tools through the hysteroscope to stop uterine bleeding in a procedure called an endometrial ablation. The procedure may also be used to remove polyps, fibroids or a misplaced intrauterine device. In cases of blocked fallopian tubes, special tools are passed through the hysteroscope to re-open the tubes.