Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows the gynaecologist to see inside the uterus (womb). A thin tube called a hysteroscope is inserted into the uterus. This has a light source and a camera, which shows images of the inside of the uterus on a television monitor. In the outpatient setting this is done whilst you are awake. In more complicated cases this may need to be done under a general anaesthetic in daycase or main theatres.
Hysteroscopy is used to investigate abnormal bleeding, infertility and to remove lost coils. A hysteroscopy might show:
- Abnormal endometrium (lining of the womb)
- Endometrial polyp (non cancerous growths of endometrium)
- Fibroid (muscular growth of the uterus)
- Abnormal shape of the uterus
- Adhesions (scarring on the inside of the uterus)