IMR Press / CEOG / Volume 49 / Issue 8 / DOI: 10.31083/j.ceog4908181
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An Overview of Outpatient Hysteroscopy
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1 Department of Maternal and Child Health, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, 60-535 Poznań, Poland
*Correspondence: natalia.ignaszak@gmail.com (Natalia Ignaszak-Kaus)
These authors contributed equally.
Academic Editor: Michael H. Dahan
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2022, 49(8), 181; https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog4908181
Submitted: 20 April 2022 | Revised: 11 May 2022 | Accepted: 27 May 2022 | Published: 2 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hysteroscopy on the Threshold of New Challenges)
Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by IMR Press.
This is an open access article under the CC BY 4.0 license.
Abstract

Objective: Hysteroscopic procedures are minimally invasive procedures that enable to assess the uterine cavity (diagnostic hysteroscopy) and to treat intrauterine lesions (operative hysteroscopy). In recent years have witnessed a steady increase in the number of procedures performed via minimally invasive surgery (MIS) including hysteroscopies. Most outpatient hysteroscopies are painless, without complications, and not only allow to diagnose but also treat several intrauterine pathologies. Vaginoscopy hysteroscopy without using speculum, tenaculum and other potentially painful instrumentation should become the default method for outpatient hysteroscopy. This ‘no-touch’ technique is faster in contrary to standard hysteroscopy and is associated with less pain. Mechanism: A wide range of feasible procedures, constantly improved endoscopic equipment and tools, improving the technical conditions of the procedure, as well as short hospitalization time and a quick recovery period, are just some of the benefits of hysteroscopic surgeries. Findings in Brief: Performing hysteroscopy in an outpatient setting without general anesthesia addictionally reduces treatment cost and avoid of possible complications of general anesthesia. Conclusions: Performing hysteroscopy in an outpatient setting without general anesthesia (with the patient’s consciousness preserved during the surgery) reduces treatment cost and shortens the duration of hospitalization and convalescence, thus increasing patient satisfaction with care.

Keywords
outpatient hysteroscopy
office hysteroscopy
minimally invasive surgery
minihysteroscopy
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