Test and Treatment: Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscope is an instrument used to see inside the uterus. Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose disorders such as uterine fibroids and can be performed under general or local anaesthesia in an outpatient clinic. Minor surgery, such as the removal of fibroids, may also be carried out through the hysteroscope. The procedure usually lasts 15 minutes or less.

The procedure

After the hysteroscope is inserted down the vagina, the uterus is filled with gas or fluid passed through the hysteroscope. This allows it to be seen easily. Light provides a clear view.

View

Uterine polyp

This view of the uterus through a hysteroscope shows a polyp attached to the uterine lining.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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