hysteroscopy overview

Hysteroscopy means visualisation of the uterine cavity (womb) using a narrow telescope which is inserted via the vagina and cervix. The procedure can be done for diagnostic purposes (diagnostic hysteroscopy) but can also be used for therapy (operative hysteroscopy). Over the past 10 - 20 years, diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy have become integral to modern gynaecological practice, and many women have been able to avoid major open surgery as a result, thereby replacing a major invasive procedure with surgery which can be done as outpatient or as day-case surgery.