A hysteroscope is a very narrow telescope that is used to look inside the uterus (womb).
What does the procedure involve?
You will be asleep during the procedure, under a general anaesthetic. The hysteroscope is passed gently through the cervix and into the uterus. Fluid is passed through the hysteroscope to expand the inside wall of the uterus to improve the view.
Why is a hysteroscopy needed?
For Diagnosis – by taking a sample of the lining of the uterus
- To investigate abnormal bleeding
- Ultrasound indicates the lining of the uterus appears thickened or abnormal
- To remove polyps or fibroids
- To remove difficult intra-uterine devices
- To remove by burning the lining of the uterus in a procedure called an endometrial ablation (as a management option for heavy menstrual bleeding)
How long does it take?
The diagnostic procedure takes approximately 30 minutes. Any treatment needed, may take longer.