Hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure to examine the inside of the uterus under general anaesthesia performed as a day case procedure. A Hysteroscope is passed through the cervix to inspect the lining of the uterus and the openings of the fallopian tubes and to look for any abnormalities. This minimally invasive procedure helps to diagnose uterine problems and can be used to treat some conditions.
During a Hysteroscopy a small sample (biopsy) of the uterine lining is usually taken and sent off to the pathologist. A Hysteroscopy may be recommended if you have abnormal uterine symptoms or signs.
It may be used to investigate:
- Abnormal bleeding after menopause
- Painful or irregular periods
- Pelvic pain and discomfort
- Recurrent Miscarriages
It can also be used to;
- Remove some fibroids
- Remove some polyps
- 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)
A Hysteroscopy is a day procedure where you will go home on the same day. You are not allowed to drive for 24 hours afterwards and you may experience some vaginal bleeding or abdominal crampy pain.
Mi-tec Medical Publishing (22February2007) – The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – HYSTEROSCOPY