Outpatient hysteroscopy (OPH) is a procedure carried out in the outpatient clinic that involves examination of the inside of your uterus (womb) with a thin telescope.
There are many reasons why you may be referred for OPH, such as to investigate and/or treat abnormal bleeding, to remove a polyp seen on a scan or to remove a coil with missing threads.
The actual procedure usually takes 10-15 minutes. It can take longer if you are having any additional procedures.
You may feel pain or discomfort during OPH. It is recommended that you take pain relief 1-2 hours before the appointment.
If it is too painful, it is important to let your healthcare professional know as the procedure can be stopped at any time.
You may choose to have the hysteroscopy under general anaesthetic. This will be done in an operating theatre, usually as a day case procedure.
Possible risks with hysteroscopy include pain, feeling faint or sick, bleeding, infection and rarely uterine perforation (damage to the wall of the uterus). The risk of uterine perforation is lower during OPH than during hysteroscopy under general anaesthesia.
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This link below, leads to an NHS web page that covers:
the definition of consent
how consent is given
consent from children and young people
when consent is not needed
consent and life support
how to complain if you think consent was not given.
What will I learn?
This guidance provides a framework to help you to make decisions with your patient about their treatment and care. By following it, it will help you make sure that you have informed consent from your patient. And that you involve families and others when it’s appropriate. It has advice on:
What you should tell a patient when talking about risks.
What to do if your patient doesn't want to hear information you think is relevant.
When you must have written consent.
What you should record.
The guidance will also help you when your patient lacks capacity. It includes a helpful list of things you should consider and has advice on dealing with disagreements.