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A hysterectomy treats uterine problems by completely removing the organ. In some cases, a less-invasive procedure known as a hysteroscopy can be an effective alternative. At Reston Women’s Center in Reston, Virginia, the team of expert OB/GYNs can diagnose your uterine conditions and recommend which treatment is best for you. Call the office or book online for a consultation


Hysteroscopy/Hysterectomy Q & A

What is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy involves a partial or complete removal of the uterus. The procedure may be performed laparoscopically using the innovative da Vinci®Surgical System. This advanced system provides your doctor with a 3D view inside your body, translating into greater precision and enhanced vision.

Laparoscopic surgery usually results in a faster recovery and less scarring. The time of your hospital stay and risk of complications also decrease with the da Vinci option.

Not all patients are a candidate for this less-invasive procedure. You may require an abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy. During this conventional, open surgery, your doctor either makes a large incision in the lower abdomen or goes through the vagina to remove the uterus and possibly the cervix.

When is a Hysterectomy Recommended?

A hysterectomy may be performed for numerous gynecological conditions. These include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Adenomyosis
  • Cancer
  • Dysfunctional bleeding
  • Prolapse

What is a Hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your OB/GYN to look inside your uterus to diagnose and treat specific conditions. During the test, your doctor inserts a thin tube, known as a hysteroscope, into your vagina to view your cervix and uterus.

In What Cases is a Hysteroscopy Recommended?

A hysteroscopy may be effective in treating issues such as:

  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Polyps or fibroids
  • Excess scar tissue, called adhesions
  • Some cases of endometriosis

A hysteroscopy can also act as a diagnostic test to look for anatomical defects in your uterus.

How Do I Know if I Need a Hysteroscopy or Hysterectomy?

The doctors at Reston Women’s Center perform a thorough examination of your medical history, reproductive history, and symptoms when determining which treatment is right for you. They are highly trained and experienced in performing both procedures, and discuss all risks and options with you.

If you have abnormal bleeding, pelvic pain, or another condition involving the uterus, call Reston Women’s Center or book an appointment online to discuss whether you can benefit from a hysteroscopy or hysterectomy.