Hysteroscopy. Mr Hany Lashen, Consultant Gynaecolgist answers the FAQs....
Mr Hany Lashen, Consultant Gynaecologist
Claremont Clinics: Monday evening, Wednesday morning & Thursday evenings
What is a Hysteroscopy?
It is a pencil shaped camera that is introduced into the womb under local or general anaesthetic to investigate and carry out operations on the inside of the womb.
Who would need a Hysteroscopy?
There are several reasons why a woman may need a hysteroscopy. The main 2 categories are either to diagnose a problem or to treat a problem.
Hysteroscopy is commonly carried out on women with irregular vaginal bleeding or heavy periods, missing coils, assessment as part of infertility, uterine assessment for women who have recurrent pregnancy, loss or recurrent IVF failure and women who may have been born with uterine abnormality.
From the therapeutic point of view it is used for endometrial ablation to treat heavy periods, resection of polyps, resection of fibroids that protrude into the cavity of the womb, treatment of uterine abnormalities that some women are born with and retrieval of a missing or dislodged coil.
Operation & Recovery Times
That will depend on the procedure. Just having a look takes less time, however, resection of a fibroid can take longer depending on how big the fibroid is. Sometimes a second look and further surgery is needed for large fibroids for resection of uterine abnormalities. Recovery time is usually very short and takes a few hours up to a couple of days depending on the person and what has been done. If the procedure is done under general anaesthetic, it is usually a light anaesthetic that is carried out as a daycase and usually the patient can go home on the same day, unless there is a reason not to do so which is uncommon.
What Are The Risks Involved?
This procedure is very safe and are performed regularly. The risks are minimal and include some bleeding, infection and rarely, uterine perforation when the camera is introduced. The uterine perforation although sounding gruesome, has minimal consequences other than stopping the procedure from being completed. The reason is that to inspect the uterus, water is injected into it under pressure to open it so that it can be viewed or operated on satisfactorily. The uterus usually heals well and very little long term consequences are expected.
If you have are concerned, speak to your GP who can easily refer you to Mr Lashen.
A private consultation with Mr Lashen is £175 if you don't have health insurance and a hysteroscopy (in theatre) starts from £1,658. For more information or to book an appointment with Mr Lashen, just call our friendly Private Patient Team on 0114 263 2114. You will need a referral letter from your GP or you can see one of our Private GPs quickly for this if you prefer.
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