When you’re booked in for any type of treatment, you always want to know how best to prepare yourself and your body in order for the treatment to work. Failure to prepare correctly for a procedure could mean that your treatment can’t be carried out or might affect the success of your treatment. Here we take a look at how to prepare for a hysteroscopy to ensure your appointment is as hassle-free as possible.
How to prepare for a hysteroscopy
1: Preparing for the procedure
– Make sure you bring a list of questions to ask your doctors so that you can fully understand the procedure, risks and benefits.
– One of the first things you need to do when looking at how to prepare for a hysteroscopy is to tell your doctors about all the medication you currently take, including any herbal or natural remedies. Certain medications can increase the risk of bleeding or affect the effectiveness of anaesthesia.
– Tell your doctor if you are taking blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), or aspirin. Your doctor will advise you on whether or not you need to stop taking your medication.
– Depending on the type of medication you are taking, you may need to stop taking them up to a week before your procedure, sometimes even earlier. Make sure you talk to your doctor as soon as you can to get a clear idea of how to alter your medication around your procedure.
– Speak with an anaesthesia provider before the procedure so that you can discuss your anaesthetic options. You can do this either over the phone or in person, whichever is best for you.
2: Make sure your body is prepared
– You will need to start building healthy habits into your life in the run up to your procedure. You’re best to make these lifestyle changes are best made several weeks before the procedure. This is because your body may react to sudden the changes in your habits, and these reactions could affect the procedure.
– You should aim to stay as active as possible in the run-up to your procedure. This will help you maintain a healthy body and give you the strength you need for the procedure to be successful.
– Eating a healthy diet in the build-up to your operation will provide the same preparatory benefits as staying active.
– You should arrange to have blood tests and a pregnancy test to check that you are able to have the procedure. You should arrange this for about a week before your procedure.
– Make sure that you use contraception as a hysteroscopy can’t be carried out if you’re pregnant.
If you want more help and advice on how to prepare for hysteroscopy, our home doctor service give you access to home visits from highly trained medical professionals, who will be able to advise you on the best course of action for your procedure preparation.