Hysteroscopy involves using a camera to look into the uterus (womb), and is a common procedure performed by gynaecologists to identify a cause for abnormal vaginal bleeding. This camera is inserted via the cervix (neck of the womb), ad so there are no cuts or incision required for this gynaecological surgery. The procedure allows a diagnosis to be made, and if there is focal pathology causing the abnormal bleeding, this can often be treated at the same time. A curette is performed after visualising the endometrial cavity, and this allows a sample of tissue to be sent for histological examination, to exclude cancerous and pre-cancerous changes of the lining of the womb.
Endometrial polyps are benign soft tissue growth within the uterus. These endometrial polyps can cause problems with heavy periods or irregular periods. If there is a polyp inside the uterus, this can be removed at the time of hysteroscopy. Surgical removal of these polyps at the time of hysteroscopy can relieve these common symptoms of vaginal bleeding. Moreover, it is important to remove these polyps to rule out the possibility of cancerous and pre-cancerous growths. It is possible for polyps to recur in the future even after they have been completely removed.
Apart from diagnostic hysteroscopy, Brisbane Gynaecologist Dr Ken Law performs the following treatment procedures: