Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows doctors to visually inspect the inside of the uterus. As opposed to laparoscopy which examines the outside of the uterus. Depending on the reason for hysteroscopy, it can be performed using local or general anaesthetic.
A hysteroscope is a thin rigid tube containing fibre optic viewing cables. This is passed through the cervix, into the uterus, to view the uterine cavity and endometrium. Other instruments needed for testing or minor procedures can also be passed along the hysteroscope.

Reasons for a Hysteroscopy include:

  • Investigate abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Investigate abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Detect polys, fibroids and intrauterine adhesions (scar tissue)
  • Remove polyps and small fibroids
  • Detect any abnormality in the anatomy (physical structure) of the uterine cavity
  • Investigate repeated miscarriage
  • Removal of displaced IUDs (Intra-uterine Device)

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