Dr Natasha Waters
Western Sussex Hospitals
The BSGE has made a statement about outpatient hysteroscopy in response to demand from members and patients.
The statement is printed in full below, it is also available on the website together with high-quality information leaflets that can be downloaded and given to patients:
Diagnostic hysteroscopy is a commonly performed investigation; it is safe and of short duration. Most women are able to have the procedure in an outpatient setting, with or without local anaesthesia, and find it convenient and acceptable. However, it is important that women are offered, from the outset, the choice of having the procedure performed as a day case procedure under general or regional anaesthetic. Some centres are also able to offer a conscious sedation service in a safe and monitored environment.
It is important that the procedure is stopped if a woman finds the outpatient experience too painful for it to be continued. This may be at the request of the patient or nursing staff in attendance, or at the discretion of the clinician performing the investigation.