Hysteroscopy Specialist

Yuri Prikoupenko, MD, FACOG -  - Gynecologist

Surgical and Office Gynecology

Yuri Prikoupenko, MD, FACOG

Gynecologist located in Rockville, MD

Dr. Yuri Prikoupenko is a Rockville, Maryland gynecologist who specializes in several advanced, minimally invasive gynecologic procedures for evaluation and treatment of a wide range of women's health issues. He and his staff are available to answer any questions that you may have about any of the procedures employed, such as hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the uterus by endoscopy with access through the cervix. To learn more about your gynecological conditions and this procedure, make an appointment with Dr. Yuri today.

Hysteroscopy Q & A

What is hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is an advanced gynecological procedure used for inspection of the inside of the uterus. It is considered a minor surgical procedure, that does not involve incisions and often may be done under local anesthesia. 

Hysteroscopy involves the use of a thin, telescope-like device (hysteroscope) that Dr. Yuri inserts into the uterus via the vaginal opening. This method of uterine evaluation has proven quite effective in diagnosing uterine problems.

In some cases, laparoscopic surgery may be performed at the same time as a hysteroscopy. When performed in conjunction with laparoscopic surgery, the procedure is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia.

When is hysteroscopy used?

Hysteroscopy can be performed by itself or as part of another gynecologic procedure to diagnose or treat uterine problems, including:

  • Adhesions
  • Abnormal uterine growths (fibroids, polyps)
  • A displaced uterine device (IUD)
  • Endometrial ablation
  • To inspect infertility issues due to the size or shape of the uterus
  • To diagnose the cause of repeated miscarriages
  • Abnormal bleeding

What complications can occur with hysteroscopy?

Rest assured that Dr. Yuri is an expert with this procedure, and he’ll take the time to inform you of any risks prior to treatment.

Hysteroscopy is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced gynecologist. Some rare complications are associated with this type of surgery and greatly depend on the complexity of the procedure, surgeon's skills, and the patient's medical history, or current medical conditions.

How long is hysteroscopy recovery?

Your recovery period depends on the complexity of the procedure. Most patients who undergo hysteroscopy can return to their daily routine within a few hours following a hysteroscopy. However, when combined with laparoscopic surgery, the recovery period may last up to several days.

To learn more about laparoscopic recovery period, please visit our laparoscopy surgery page or contact Dr. Yuri.