Hysteroscopy Melbourne

Hysteroscopy Melbourne

What is a hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a procedure where a thin telescope (hysteroscope) is passed through the cervix and into the uterus. It is fitted with a light source and video camera to allow the surgeon to examine the internal lining of the uterus through a video monitor. Photographs may also be taken. This is a minimally invasive procedure with no abdominal cuts.

Hysteroscopy is usually done under general anaesthetic in a hospital as a day procedure.


Why is a hysteroscopy performed?

Hysteroscopy may be:

  • diagnostic to investigate
    • abnormal or heavy periods
    • uterine bleeding after menopause
    • infertility
    • recurrent miscarriage
  • or operative to treat/ remove
    • polyps
    • certain types of fibroids – submucosal
    • retained intrauterine contraceptive devices
    • retained product of conception after miscarriage
  • or perform endometrial ablation as treatment of heavy periods


What are the potential risks of a hysteroscopy?

Although hysteroscopy is a commonly performed and safe procedure, all surgeries are associated with potential complications. The risk of complications in a hysteroscopy is very small, higher if operative hysteroscopy is performed (rather than diagnostic hysteroscopy) by a gynaecologist.

Potential complications in a hysteroscopy include:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • perforation (hole in the wall) of the uterus, with potential damage to surrounding organs such as bladder or bowel

Kent is available to see his private patients in Epworth Freemasons in East Melbourne. He also consults in Box Hill and Werribee.


Further Information

Link to RANZCOG Patient Information on Hysteroscopy.

Link to AGES Patient Information Video on Hysteroscopy.

Hysteroscopy Procedures in Melbourne