Hysteroscopy

What is a hysteroscopy?

A hysteroscopy is a procedure to look at the inside of the uterus (womb) using a small telescope (hysteroscope). It is common for a biopsy (which involves removing a small piece of the lining of the womb) to be performed at the same time.

A hysteroscopy is good for finding out the cause of abnormal bleeding from the womb, especially heavy periods and bleeding after the menopause. It will help to find out if you have fibroids, polyps, endometrial cancer or an abnormally-shaped womb.

Are there any alternatives to a hysteroscopy?

It may be appropriate to try and find the cause of your symptoms using a scan and by performing a biopsy using a small tube placed through the cervix (neck of the womb).

Your gynaecologist may recommend a sono-ultrasound (also called sono-hysterogram) where an ultrasound device is placed in your vagina.

Hysteroscopy 

What does the procedure involve?

A hysteroscopy can be performed under local or general anaesthetic, or without any anaesthetic.

The procedure usually takes less than ten minutes.

Your gynaecologist will pass the hysteroscope along your vagina, through your cervix and into your womb (see figure 1). They will inflate your womb using gas (carbon dioxide) or a fluid, so they can have a clear view. They can use instruments to perform a biopsy or remove polyps and small fibroids.

What complications can happen?

  • Pain
  • Sickness or feeling sick
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Making a hole in the womb with possible damage to a nearby structure
  • Failed procedure

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day. A member of the healthcare team will tell you what was found during the hysteroscopy and will discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

Most women are able to return to normal activities the day after the procedure. You may experience some period-like cramps and mild bleeding.

Summary

A hysteroscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if you have a problem with your womb and, in some circumstances, treating your symptoms.

Paying for your operation

Hysteroscopy costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

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Pricing

Hysteroscopy (uterus examination) (local anaesthetic)

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £1,572 Included £1,572
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £1,772
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £1,572
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £1,772

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

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