Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of the uterus. The doctor uses a thin telescope called a hysteroscope which is passed through the cervix.
The hysteroscope allows the gynaecologist to inspect the lining of the uterus and the openings of the fallopian tubes, and to look for any abnormalities. This minimal invasive procedure helps to diagnose uterine problems and can be used to treat some conditions.

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy

Diagnostic Hysteroscopy may be used to investigate:

  • Abnormal bleeding from the uterus
  • Uterine bleeding after menopause
  • Painful or irregular periods
  • Pelvic pain and discomfort
  • Infertility
  • Recurrent miscarriages

Operative Hysteroscopy

Operative Hysteroscopy is most often used to:

  • Remove some fibroids
  • Remove some polyps (non-cancerous growths of the endometrial lining of the uterus)
  • Treat abnormally heavy menstrual flow by ablation of the endometrium
  • Remove adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Correct some defects of the uterus, such as uterine septum
  • Remove an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD)

Anaesthesia

Depending on the patient’s medical history, general health and the recommended procedure, hysteroscopy may be done with the patient having general, epidural or local anaesthesia.

Recovery after Hysteroscopy

Most women are able to go home after two to four hours; this may be longer if you have had a general anaesthetic.
Arrange for a relative or friend to drive you home.