What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a common gynaecological procedure, placing a thin camera through the cervix to evaluate the inside of the uterus (the endometrial cavity). This may be as an investigation or a treatment.
How is it the procedure performed?
The uterus is filled with a clear fluid (saline) and clear views of the uterus obtained. Polyps and fibroids may be removed, IUDs placed (or removed), the endometrium ablated, or a septum resected.
Generally a hysteroscopy is a day-case procedure, meaning the patient goes home the same day. Depending on the case and the patient, it may be performed under general anaesthetic (asleep), under light sedation, or awake using local anaesthetic (office procedure).