What Is Saline Sonography?
Also known as Saline Infusion Sonography (SIS), and Sonohysterography, this procedure utilizes ultrasound imaging using a probe inserted into the vagina. This method is used to evaluate the health of the pelvis and assess the uterine cavity, endometrial cavity, as well as fallopian tubes and ovaries.
Who Should Undergo Saline Sonography?
This type of transvaginal ultrasound is recommended for women who have been diagnosed with infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Saline sonogram increases fertility by pointing out uterine abnormalities and endometrial polyps that can hinder the proper implantation and development of the embryo. In case any abnormality such as these are noted, your physician will likely recommend you to undergo hysteroscopy prior to embryo transfer.
What To Expect:
Unlike invasive procedures that usually require a hospital confinement, hysteroscopy with polypectomy is often performed at your physician’s clinic. Rare complications, such as any form of obstruction on the uterus or cervix, may make this procedure much harder to perform than usual. Under normal circumstances, however, there is no reason for you to worry. Below is a step-by-step hysteroscopy procedure:
- Your physician will administer either a local or general anesthesia, depending on your diagnosis.
- During the procedure, a hysteroscope, the size of which varies depending on your diagnosis and treatment, will be inserted through your vagina and cervix.
- In some cases, the uterine cavity is dilated with fluid or gas to permit a better view of the uterus.
- Often, this procedure combines the hysteroscope with other surgical instruments to treat and correct the problem, including to remove the polyps in the uterus.
- Following the procedure, you will be given medical advice in case you’ll need to ease discomfort. The medicine you’ll take after undergoing hysteroscopy with polypectomy will likely include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen.