A hysteroscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of your womb. It uses a thin telescope with a light and video camera at the end, called a hysteroscope.
A hysteroscopy is often used to diagnose or treat abnormal bleeding. It can also help to find the reason for a miscarriage or identify any growths of tissue in your womb. A hysteroscopy will also help to diagnose cancer.
How can I prepare for my hysteroscopy?
When you have a hysteroscopy, you will be seen as a day case. Your surgeon will explain how to prepare and what will happen during the procedure. You may need to take a medicine that will help to open your cervix (neck of your womb). Your hospital may ask you not to eat or drink anything for a set time before your hysteroscopy.
You may need to arrange for someone to take you home after the procedure.
What happens during my hysteroscopy?
Before the hysteroscopy procedure, your doctor will talk you through the process and ask you to sign a consent form.
Hysteroscopy may be performed under local anaesthesia. This will numb the area and completely block any pain. Alternatively, you may be offered a general anaesthetic. This means you will be asleep during the procedure.
Your doctor will insert the hysteroscope through your vagina and into your womb. He or she may pass gas or fluid through the hysteroscope to expand your womb to see it better. Your surgeon will examine your womb. He or she may take samples of tissue using small instruments that he or she will pass through the hysteroscope.
The procedure usually takes around 10 to 30 minutes but it can take longer.
Are there any complications or risks of my hysteroscopy?
As with every procedure, there are complications associated with hysteroscopy. Speak to your doctor or surgeon for more information.
Complications of hysteroscopy include bleeding or an infection.
It's possible that your womb could be pierced and damaged during a hysteroscopy. This could also happen to your bladder, bowel or blood vessels in the area.
Recovering from hysteroscopy
Most women can go home after an hour or two. If you had a general anaesthetic, you may need to rest until the effects wear off.
You may have some pain and discomfort for a few days and some bleeding. You should be able to return to your normal activities, such as work, a day or two after a hysteroscopy.
How much does hysteroscopy cost?
For a guide to what you could pay for your treatment, click here.
What to do now
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on + 44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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