Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of your womb to diagnose or treat any problems. It is carried out using a hysteroscope, a narrow telescope fitted with a light and camera. This is passed through your vagina, and sends images of your womb back to your gynaecologist.  

Who is suitable for a hysteroscopy?

If you are experiencing symptoms such as unusual vaginal bleeding, heavy periods, pelvic pain or difficulties getting pregnant, a hysteroscopy can help to investigate, diagnose and treat the problem.     

A hysteroscopy gives a clear picture of your womb. This can be used to:  

  • investigate symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding and heavy periods 
  • identify any problems that might be making it difficult for you to get pregnant 
  • diagnose conditions, such as polyps and fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the womb). 

Small instruments passed though the hysteroscope can also be used to treat conditions and problems – for example, to remove polyps, treat scar tissue, or recover displaced intrauterine devices (IUDs). 

What does a hysteroscopy involve? ​

Depending on whether the procedure is to investigate or treat a problem, a hysteroscopy usually takes between 10-30 minutes. Your gynaecologist will pass the hysteroscope through your vagina and into your womb. This can normally be done without anaesthetic or with local anaesthetic. However, for some procedures involving treatment, you may have a general anaesthetic.

A hysteroscopy that includes removing fibroids usually takes between 30-60 minutes. Your gynaecologist or specialist nurse will pass the hysteroscope through your vagina and into your womb. They will then use small instruments passed though the hysteroscope to remove the fibroids. You will usually be under general anaesthetic during the procedure.

What is the recovery period?

If your hysteroscopy is only to investigate or diagnose, you should be able to go home shortly after the procedure. If you had a general anaesthetic, you will need to rest in hospital while the effects wear off, but should be home later that day. In either case, you should be able to return to your normal activities the next day. You may experience some cramps, discomfort and bleeding for a few days.   

If your hysteroscopy also involves treatment, such as removing polyps, you will need to be cared for in hospital for up to two nights. Your recovery time will also be longer, and could be around two weeks.    

What can you do to prepare for a hysteroscopy?

Your consultant gynaecologist will discuss with you how you can prepare. You may be advised to take over-the-counter painkillers shortly before the hysteroscopy, for example, or to avoid eating and drinking for a few hours before the procedure, if you are having a general anaesthetic.     

Self-pay packages

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. We offer a range of self-pay package options, including:

  • Hospital Packages: these are flexible packages that group standard diagnostics and the procedure into one clear price. Consultant and anaesthetist fees are separate, and any other addition to your treatment is billed separately.
  • Fixed Price Packages: these are comprehensive, all-inclusive packages that group everything you may need for treatment into one clear price. All of our Fixed Price Packages include pre-admission tests, procedure, professional fees, post-op outpatient care and any other consultant-recommended services as part of your treatment.

Below is an outline of our self-pay Hospital Package and our Fixed Price Packages.

Hospital package from £2,505 (day case), £3,165 (one night), £4,145 (two nights) 

Indicative consultant fees from £500 

Inclusions:

  • Standard pre-admission tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG) and chest X-ray 
  • Accommodation in a private en-suite room for up to two nights if needed  
  • All meals  
  • Nursing 
  • Ward medications and dressings 
  • Theatre procedure and anesthetics 
  • Standard histology tests (analysis of diseased tissue)  
  • Inpatient physiotherapy, if needed, and surgical stockings 
  • Post-op and discharge medication 

Exclusions:

  • Consultant consultation fee  
  • Consultant procedure fee 
  • Anaesthetist fee
  • Non-standard diagnostic and histology tests
  • Any additional costs not specified in the
  • package inclusions  

Included in the package price:

  • Consultant Surgeon and Consultant Anaesthetist procedure fees.
  • Pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG & Chest X-ray), if required.
  • Recovery and accommodation which includes a stay in a private en-suite room.
  • Ward medications, dressings, andwardnursing consumables.
  • Theatre Procedure, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables.
  • Theatre Prosthesis.
  • Pathology and histology, if required.
  • Standard post–op medication issued and used during the inpatient stay.
  • Inpatient physiotherapy and surgical stockings, if required.
  • Discharge medication pertaining to the condition being treated by this package.
  • All patient meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Post-op pertaining to the procedure within the daycase.

Inclusions listed above are non-refundable if not required.

Excluded from the package price:

  • Take out supplies.
  • Companion beds andcatering for relatives / visitors.
  • Personal expenses –telephone calls, additional catering, ambulances, etc…

If additional night’s stay, diagnostics, or other services are requested from your consultant you will not be charged in addition for these as these are included within the fixed price package.

Consultants offering this package:

When enquiring about this package please quote Q1800.

Included in the package price:

  • Consultant Surgeon and Consultant Anaesthetist procedure fees.
  • Pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG & Chest X-ray), if required.
  • Recovery and accommodation which includes a stay in a private en-suite room.
  • Ward medications, dressings, and ward nursing consumables.
  • Theatre Procedure, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables.
  • Theatre Prosthesis.
  • Pathology and histology, if required.
  • Standard post–op medication issued and used during the inpatient stay.
  • Inpatient physiotherapy and surgical stockings, if required.
  • Discharge medication pertaining to the condition being treated by this package.
  • All patient meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Post-op pertaining to the procedure within the daycase.

Inclusions listed above are non-refundable if not required.

Excluded from the package price:

  • Take out supplies.
  • Companion beds andcatering for relatives / visitors.
  • Personal expenses –telephone calls, additional catering, ambulances, etc…

If additional night’s stay, diagnostics, or other services are requested from your consultant you will not be charged in addition for these as these are included within the fixed price package.

Consultants offering this package:

When enquiring about this package please quote Q1802.

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