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Hysteroscopy uses a slender instrument (the hysteroscope) to help the doctor see inside the uterus. It is inserted through the vagina and cervix and allows the doctor to see any fibroids located inside the uterine cavity. At the same time, s/he can take a look at your uterine lining and see whether any polyps are present.

Hysteroscopy can occur in the doctor's office without anesthesia or on an outpatient basis at a hospital or clinic under general or regional anesthesia. If you've been experiencing excessive bleeding, your doctor might also perform a dilation and currettage (D&C) during the hysteroscopy to scrape out some of the uterine lining. Any necessary biopsies of the endometrial lining or polyps can also be taken during hysteroscopy.


Hysteroscopy and laparoscopy are two procedures that fall under the specialty category of endoscopy. With endoscopy, special equipment is used to go inside the uterus or abdomen to visualize the interior of a woman's body and to perform procedures such as laparoscopic myomectomy, hysteroscopic myomectomy, or laparoscopically assisted hysterectomy. All doctors certified in obstetrics and gynecology are trained to use this equipment. That does not mean, however, that they are all equally skilled in using this equipment.

The Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ACGE) was set up to determine standards in operative endoscopic procedures performed by gynecologists. Surgeons who consider themselves advanced operators in endoscopic surgery and demonstrate sufficient case documentation may become certified through the ACGE.

Site Name/Author
What You'll Find Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy (ACGE) Information on physicians accredited endoscopical procedures. American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (ACGE) Professional site of ACGE. Includes a physician locator.
Women's Health Interactive Reproductive System Tests: Hysteroscopy
Harvard Medical Hysteroscopy
Hysterectomy Alternatives
What is Hysteroscopy?
Dr. Richard Boesel
University Ob/Gyn Associates 1997
How is hysteroscopy done in the office?
Dr. D. Ashley Hill, Associate Director Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Florida Hospital Family Practice Residency
The ONNA Community WWW.ONNA.ORG is an online community of people who want to have children, and who are finding it more difficult than they originally expected. This link takes you to an explanation of hysteroscopy as well as patient stories from undergoing hysteroscopic procedures.
Sydney Gynaecological Endoscopy Group
Sydney, Australia
Dr G.D. Reid & Dr H.F. Joyce
Hysteroscopy. Detailed, yet simple, description of the hysteroscope and hysteroscopy.

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