Exploratory Procedures

Below is a guide to all of the exploratory procedures offered by Greenville OB/GYN. Explore the topic areas, read the brief descriptions of the procedures, and click through to learn more specific information about preparing for the procedure, and what you should expect after the procedure.

It's important to note that this information is not completely comprehensive, and is intended to provide an overview of the procedure and your care. You should always have a thorough discussion with your physician prior to any procedure. Also, it's important to note that, as with any procedure, there are risks, but these procedures are generally safe. Many of the risks closely associated with these procedures are very rare; once again, you should have a more detailed conversation with your physician about the risks and benefits of each procedure.

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Cystoscopy 

What is a cystoscopy?

Cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inside of the bladder and the urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope.

The cystoscope is inserted into your vagina and slowly advanced into the bladder.

Cystoscopy allows your doctor to look at areas of your bladder and urethra that usually do not show up well on X-rays. Tiny surgical instruments can be inserted through the cystoscope that allow your doctor to remove samples of tissue or samples of urine from each kidney.

Small bladder stones and some small growths can be removed during cystoscopy. This may eliminate the need for more extensive surgery.

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Exploratory Laparotomy 

What is Exploratory Laparotomy?

A laparotomy is a surgery of the abdomen, which requires a standard surgical incision.

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Diagnostic Laparoscopy 

What is a diagnostic laparoscopy?

A diagnostic laparoscopy is a procedure in which your health care provider uses a laparoscope to look at the organs and tissues inside your abdomen. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a light and tiny camera.

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Hysteroscopy with Lysis of Adhesions 

What is a hysteroscopy with lysis of adhesions?

A hysteroscopy is a procedure in which the doctor uses a hysteroscope to look at the inside of your uterus. A hysteroscope is a thin tube with a tiny camera. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus. Your provider can guide a tool into the uterus to remove adhesions (bands of scar tissue) from the uterus.

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Hysteroscopy 

What is a Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure in which the doctor uses a hysteroscope to look at the inside of your uterus. A hysteroscope is a thin tube with a tiny camera. The uterus is the muscular organ at the top of the vagina. Babies develop in the uterus, and menstrual blood comes from the uterus.

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