A Hysteroscopy is a procedure which uses small thin tube-like telescope to see inside the womb (uterus). It can also allow consultants to do some minor operations to the uterus.
What is a hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is a procedure uses a narrow tube-like instrument called a hysteroscope to look inside the womb. The hysteroscope is very slim (about 3 to 5 millimetres in diameter). It's carefully passed through the vagina and neck of the uterus (cervix) and into your uterus. The hysteroscope has a video camera inside which sends pictures to a computer screen. This allows your consultant to check for any abnormalities in the lining of the uterus.
The hysteroscope has special channels which allow the consultant to pass various instruments into the uterus. This means that as well as being able to look inside the uterus, the consultant can perform certain procedures.
What is hysteroscopy used for?
A hysteroscopy may be used to try to determine the cause of various problems such as:
- Heavy or irregular bleeding that has not got better with medication.
- Bleeding in between your periods.
- Bleeding after your menopause.
- Irregular bleeding whilst you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
- If you are thinking about having an operation to make your periods less heavy (eg, endometrial ablation).
- Unexplained miscarriages.
A hysteroscopy may also be used to investigate the cause of various problems such as:
- Remove polyps - small lumps of tissue growing on the lining of the uterus.
- Remove scar tissue in the uterus.
- Remove adhesions (areas where the walls of the uterus are sticking together).
- Remove fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterus).
- Locate a 'lost' or stuck contraceptive device, such as an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) - also known as a 'coil'.
Before you have the procedure your consultant at Kingsbridge Private Hospital will talk to you about the test and discuss a number of different treatment options with you. For some symptoms it may be possible to treat them immediately, using a hysteroscope. Your consultant will advise you on the best course of treatment at your appointment.