In-Office Hysteroscopy



Thanks to advances in technology, hysteroscopy has moved away from the idea of being a diagnostic endoscopic examination in an outpatient setting towards a global diagnostic and therapeutic management of some intrauterine pathologies in an office environment. Until the mid 90s, the idea of removing polyps was strictly linked to anesthesia and, thus, to an operation room (OR) setting. In 2002, Bettocchi published the first 501 patients treated as an office hysteroscopy (OH) procedure for benign intrauterine lesions without the need of anesthesia nor analgesia with a nearly 80% rate of satisfaction. According to World Health Organization (WHO), one out of ten hospitalized patients suffers any injury or adverse event related to medical management and not due to the disease itself. In 2004, WHO launched the World Alliance for Patient Safety. Regarding OH, it has been considered the ideal technique for the surgical treatment of intrauterine pathology. If requirements are followed, excellent results can be achieved in compliant patients and stand for an important contribution for patient safety. Specifically, success is related to endoscopist skills in hysteroscopy; patient selection; pain control and number; and size and location of lesions.


In-office hysteroscopy Diagnostic hysteroscopy Hysteroscopic surgery Patients selection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive MedicineHospital Universitari Dexeus, Grupo QuirónSaludBarcelonaSpain

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