What is a hysteroscopy, and what can it diagnose and treat?

Written by: Mr Amer Raza
Edited by: Conor Lynch

In this article below, well-regarded and experienced consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Mr Amer Raza, explains what a hysteroscopy is, and how is it generally performed. 

What is a hysteroscopy?

It is a common procedure that is carried out to check and diagnose problems inside the urethra cavity and treat them. It can be used to investigate the existence of fibroids, endometrial polyps, irregular bleeding, and postmenopausal bleeding


How is it performed?

The hysteroscopy technique can be divided into two main categories: under local anaesthesia in an outpatient setting, and general anaesthesia in an in-patient setting. I always recommend patients to take ibuprofen and paracetamol before their procedure to deal with their pain. A camera is inserted into the woman's womb, and the vagina and cervix are both cleaned with an antiseptic solution. 


Is it painful?

There is a degree of pain and discomfort during a hysteroscopy procedure and I make sure to tell my patients before the surgery that it can be stopped at any time if they are not able to cope with the pain. 


What can I expect immediately after a hysteroscopy?

Patients can expect a bit of bleeding after the procedure. This is completely normal and will resolve soon after the procedure. I would recommend patients to take a single dose of antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection. 


If you think you would be a suitable candidate for or would benefit from undergoing a hysteroscopy in the near or immediate future, then don't hesitate to contact Mr Amer Raza today. You can do just that by heading over to his Top Doctors profile today. 

By Mr Amer Raza
Obstetrics & gynaecology

Mr Amer Raza is a leading obstetrician and gynaecologist based in London who specialises in endometriosis, robotic surgery and pelvic pain alongside fibroids, menstrual disorders and hysteroscopy surgery. He has a specific interest in excisional surgery for endometriosis and is a passionate expert in laparoscopic surgery.  He privately practises at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - Private Patients' Department, Cromwell Hospital, and Basinghall Clinic, alongside The Women's Wellness Centre. His NHS base is Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

Mr Raza is highly qualified, with various awards from leading educational institutions. These include an MBBS from Nishtar Medical College at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan, a BSc and a MRCOG. He also has an BSCCP, DFFP in Family Planning and Sexual Health and a PG Cert in Advanced Laparoscopy.
Mr Raza, who is very experienced in minimal access surgery and is an accredited endometriosis specialist, leads a multidisciplinary team of colorectal surgeons, urologist and radiologists for complex endometriosis cases as part of his practise. 

He also provides obstetric services in pregnancy, and believes that individualised care and empowerment of women's wishes can bring about safety and satisfaction through pregnancy and labour. 

Further to his impressive career and educational achievements, Mr Raza leads on many laparoscopic training programmes for specialists in the UK and around the world. He is also is the co-founder and director of Chelsea Centre of Minimal Access Gynaecologist (CCMIG), which is one of the largest online portals for training in laparoscopic surgery.

Mr Amer's research work has been published in various peer-reviewed journals and he is a member of professional organisations including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology

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