Hysteroscopy

This procedure involves a fibre-optic 'telescope' being passed through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus (womb) in order to examine the inner wall of the uterus. No incision is made.

The procedure, which usually takes approximately 20 minutes is used to investigate heavy, irregular menstrual bleeding, post menopausal bleeding and confirm the presence of any abnormality with the uterus which, if it has been agreed beforehand, can be surgically treated at the same time, such as polyps or fibroids.

What is a Dilation and Curettage (D&C)?

This involves an instrument being passed through the cervix to take ‘scrapings’ from the inner wall of your uterus. The opening of the cervix is expanded slightly during the procedure.

What is Polypectomy?

This procedure involves the surgical removal of a polyp (growth) from the inner wall of the uterus or vagina. An instrument is passed through the cervix to allow the polyp to be removed.

What is Excision of Fibroid?

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths, usually found on the inner wall of the uterus which can cause heavy periods. Small fibroids can be removed during a hysteroscopy.

Are there any alternatives?

A hysteroscopy is usually recommended to discover the cause of abnormal vaginal bleeding.  Some problems, such as polyps, can be diagnosed via an ultrasound scan, however, a hysteroscopy allows the surgeons a clearer view of the uterine wall.  Many problems diagnosed during a hysteroscopy can be treated at the same time, such as the additional procedures described above.

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