Medical Care for Women, PC
Andrea D. Olanescu, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Astoria, NY & Jamaica, NY
Does your body ever feel like a mystery? If you have unexplained vaginal bleeding, trouble getting pregnant, or severe cramping, you’re probably frustrated. Fortunately, you don’t have to be left wondering what’s going on with your body. Andrea Olanescu, MD, can use a hysteroscopy to take a look at your cervix and uterus, helping her pinpoint issues and perform minimally invasive procedures for accurate, effective treatment. To learn more about what a hysteroscopy can do or to schedule your hysteroscopy, call Medical Care for Women located in Astoria, New York and Jamaica, New York, or book your appointment online.
What is a hysteroscopy?
During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Olanescu uses a hysteroscope — a long, thin tube with a camera at the end — to look at both your cervix and your uterus. Because the hysteroscope can be inserted through your vagina, she doesn’t need to make any incisions to get this inside look.
A hysteroscopy can be used as a diagnostic procedure. It can give Dr. Olanescu the chance to understand why:
- You’re having long, heavy periods
- You’re experiencing excessive cramping
- You’re having trouble getting pregnant
- Your Pap smear result came back abnormal
What kinds of procedures can be performed via an operative hysteroscopy?
Dr. Olanescu can also use a hysteroscope to perform a number of treatments without the need for any incisions. Some of the procedures she performs hysteroscopically include:
- Endometrial ablation, including NovaSure® and Her Option®
- No-incision permanent birth control with Essure®
- Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) to treat abnormal Pap smear results and prevent cervical cancer
- Cervical cryosurgery to treat abnormal Pap smear results and prevent cervical cancer
- Genital wart removal
- Pelvic prolapse treatment, including pessary fitting and care
- Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
- Vaginal reconstruction
- Any necessary biopsies
What should I expect during a hysteroscopy?
Dr. Olanescu performs your hysteroscopy with your comfort in mind. She can give you medication to help you relax during the procedure.
Once you’re ready, she uses a speculum (the same device used during a Pap smear) to keep your vagina open as she performs the hysteroscopy. Some diagnostic hysteroscopies can take as little as five minutes, while other operative hysteroscopies can take an hour or more. Dr. Olanescu will let you know what to expect before your procedure.
You will likely feel the hysteroscope, but it shouldn’t be painful. Most patients liken it to menstrual cramping. You might also experience some light bleeding and cramping for a day or two after your procedure.
Because a hysteroscopy is minimally invasive, you’ll be able to return home the same day as your procedure. Dr. Olanescu can guide you if any recovery steps are needed.
To learn more about how Dr. Olanescu can use a hysteroscopy to help keep you, your uterus, and your cervix as healthy as possible, call Medical Care for Women or schedule your appointment online.