Hysteroscopy

(Examination of the Uterus or Womb)

Summary

A hysteroscopy is a procedure used to examine the inside of your uterus or womb (as it is more commonly known).  The procedure is carried out using a hysteroscope, which is a narrow tube with a telescope at the end.  Images are sent to a computer in order to get a close-up of the womb.  A hysteroscopy can be used to diagnose cases when a woman’s symptoms suggest there could be a problem with their womb. Symptoms leading up to this diagnostic test can include:

• Heavy periods or irregular periods

• Bleeding between normal periods, after sexual intercourse or after menopause

• Pelvic pain

• Unusual vaginal discharge

• Repeated miscarriage • Infertility

The hysteroscopy procedure can also be used to remove abnormal growths from the womb, such as:

• Fibroids, which are non-cancerous growths that can develop inside the womb and can sometimes cause symptoms such as pain and heavy periods

• Polyps, which are small growths that develop on the lining of the womb and can cause irregular and heavy periods

• Intrauterine adhesions, which are sections of scar tissue that can cause absent periods and infertility

• Thickening of the uterus’ lining (endometrial hyperplasia) which  can increase the risk of womb cancer

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

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  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    Hysteroscopy (under general anaesthetic)

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn\a£1,800Included£1,800
    Guide priceNil£1,800Nil£1,800

    Hysteroscopy (under sedation as an outpatient procedure)

    Patient pathwayDiagnostic investigationMain treatmentPost-discharge careTotal
    Hospital feesn\a£1,575Included£1,575
    Guide priceNil£1,575Nil£1,575
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:

    • The Consultant you choose 
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you 
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

A hysteroscopy usually takes between 10 and 30 minutes and is a day case procedure which can be performed under local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic.  This will depend on the reasons for having the procedure and will be discussed with you prior to the day of the procedure.  The surgeon will use a device called a speculum to open up the walls of the vagina, in the same way it is used during a cervical smear test. 

The surgeon will then insert the hysteroscope through the cervix, into the womb.  Gas or fluid is often used to inflate the womb, to give the surgeon a better view.  If a biopsy or treatment is needed, such as the removal of polyps, other instruments will be passed into the womb. Some women will experience cramping similar to period pains after a hysteroscopy, but this usually passes after a few days.  Most women feel they can return to normal activities, such as work, the day after the procedure.

To find out more
If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

Our Consultants

  • Mr Rowan Connell

    MB BS MD MRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
  • Professor Omer Devaja

    MD MSc PhD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
  • Miss Anne Henderson

    MA MB BChir MA MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Labia Reduction
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Menopause and HRT Clinic
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
  • Mr Andreas Papadopoulos

    MB BS BSc MD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
  • Mr Steve Attard-Montalto

    MD MRCOG MD (lond)

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
  • Mr Robert Macdermott

    MB ChB, MD, FRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
  • Mr David Penman

    TD MRCOG

    • Cervical Screening Test
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
  • Mr Hany Habeeb

    MB Bch FRCOG

    • Colposcopy
    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Labia Reduction
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
  • Mr Abhishek Gupta

    MBBS MD MRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Laparoscopic Surgery (Womb/Ovary)
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina
  • Mr Brian Wise

    MBBS, MD, FRCOG

    • Hysterectomy
    • Hysteroscopy
    • Repair of Prolapsed Vagina