Question by Shannon: what is catheterization and introduction of saline or contrast material?
I have tryied looking it up and can’t find anything so here is my question…My husband and I are trying to have a baby we have not been able to so my doctor is having me do these tests I was wondering what is catheterization and introduction of saline or contrast material? is and also hysterosalpingography, radiological supervision and interpretation is I know one is a dye that they see if your tubes are blocked but the catheterization is what I am confused about. Any advice is helpful Thank you
Answer by Pippin
A catheter is simply a narrow, flexible, plastic tube.
It can be inserted into any orifice; either an existing one (i.e. your cervix to introduce contrast materials for an HSG, or your bladder to drain off urine), or an artificially created one (i.e., an IV or epidural, where a needle is used to insert a more flexible (and more comfortable) plastic catheter into the body, which in turn allows you to be given, (with the IV) fluids or medication or (for an epidural) numbing medication.
In your situation, the catheter would be used to put the opaque contrast material into your uterus for the HSG.
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