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.
Hysteroscopy may be:
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:
Link to RANZCOG Patient Information on Hysteroscopy.
Link to AGES Patient Information Video on Hysteroscopy.