A hysteroscopy is a procedure that uses a small instrument called a hysteroscope to look at the inside of the uterus. It can be performed as an outpatient procedure with or without a local anaesthetic (you will be awake but you won’t feel any pain). Or it can be done as an inpatient procedure under general anaesthetic (you will be unconscious throughout the procedure).
A biopsy is usually performed alongside a hysteroscopy where a small piece of the lining of the womb is removed. This sample is then looked at under a microscope and helps the consultant to identify any problems or causes for any symptoms. Some common conditions that hysteroscopy is used to identify are:
- Fibroids – A non-cancerous growth made of muscle and tissue of the womb. Sometimes they are referred to as uterine myomas or leiomyomas.
- Polyps – Small, flat bumps that are caused by abnormal tissue growths. These can be both benign and malignant, but they carry very little malignant potential.
- Endometrial cancer - A malignant growth on the lining of the womb. The earlier this is caught the better.
- Abnormally shaped womb – This can cause problems with conceiving and further along can cause problematic labour and delivery. This is sometimes associated with miscarriages and abnormal uterine bleeding.
Guide Prices and What's Included
The prices in the table above (the “Guide Prices”) show what most patients should expect to pay at each appointment and on admission to hospital.
The Guide Prices you pay might be different depending on:
- Which Consultant or Specialist you choose
- Your medical history
- The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
- The type of implant your Consultant advises is best for you