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Hysteroscopy & biopsy with anaesthetic. What to expect?

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:29:32

I've been referred for these.
I know what it is, a camera up into my womb etc.
Anything I might not think of to warn me about?

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:31:27

I'm presuming I bring pads and stuff in case I bleed a little. I'll have money to get taxi home. Anything else I should think about?

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:36:28

Also, can I ask whether you'll get any results back immediately after the procedure or do they wait for the biopsy results to tell you that (and how long would that take).

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:37:54

Sorry for the questions, I just haven't gotten the referral letter yet, which might have some information on it.

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Wintersnowdrop Thu 25-Apr-19 19:42:57

I had this done with no anaesthetic as an outpatient and it was bloody painful and I felt traumatised by it. If I had to do it again I would insist on a general anaesthetic. They were able to tell me how everything looked like the lining etc and said I could look at the screen if I wanted. The results of the biopsy were send out and I think it took a copy of weeks. They also did a blood test. They did have some pads there although I had my own.

Wintersnowdrop Thu 25-Apr-19 19:44:40

I think it also suggested taking some painkillers as the procedure might cause cramping. Think it also suggested having someone accompany you to the appointment too.

Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:45:31

The consultant told me I had the option of with or without anaesthetic so I opted for with.
Do they tell you anything apart from sending the biopsy off that day?

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Lissy50 Thu 25-Apr-19 19:45:56

Had a hysteroscopy 2 months ago, it's quite painful but very quick.
I didn't have any bleeding after and my test results came back within 2 weeks.

Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:46:12

Unfortunately, I have no-one to come with me.

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:48:01

Lissy, do they give you any feedback on the day, or just wait on the biopsy results?

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Drum2018 Thu 25-Apr-19 19:48:40

I've had it done twice. It's grand. I had slight bleeding for a few days. Bring your own pads if you prefer. I was a bit crampy the day after. I also had to be collected so check that as they may not want you leaving alone after a general anaesthetic.

Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:51:01

I have no other way of leaving than a taxi, so I'm sure they'll allow that.

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:51:28

Can I ask what your results were?

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ThePortlyPinUp Thu 25-Apr-19 19:55:16

I'm a nurse who works in a day surgery unit. If you have no one to collect you and be at home with you for 24 hours you wouldn't be able to have a general anaesthetic in our unit. If you have a GA you would obviously be starved so we don't recommend pain relief before hand as we would give it to you either pre op or whilst you are having your procedure. There can be some bleeding after the procedure and you should use pads not tampons afterwards, a pad is put in situ when you are in theatre and we have spares on the ward if required. Most women are up and about after an hour and keen to go home, they mainly say if they have any pain it's period pain type. We also say to stock up on paracetamol and ibuprofen for when you go home. HTH a bit

ThePortlyPinUp Thu 25-Apr-19 19:56:06

Oh and we say to expect to hear about the results within about 2 weeks

Lissy50 Thu 25-Apr-19 19:56:41

They just commented on what they could see on the screen, it all looked OK, had a blood test after the procedure and then I left, didn't have the anaesthetic so I was able to leave straight after, just a little bit of pain after, like slight period pain.

Chewbecca Thu 25-Apr-19 19:57:05

I had a GA so no pain. Was a bit woozy for the first 24 hours but didn’t need painkillers. No results for 2 weeks.

Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 19:57:59

I signed the consent forms for the procedure at my gynae appointment. He asked the nurse was it too late to do something like a 'pre-procedure consent' (something equally vague that sounded like that to my head) and she said it was as it was 20 to 5. He said that was fine and sent me on my merry way. I suppose I'll just have to wait!

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 20:01:20

be at home with you for 24 hours you wouldn't be able to have a general anaesthetic in our unit

He never asked me anything about that, just whether I wanted an anaesthetic or not. He never mentioned having to have someone with me.

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Bunnylady53 Thu 25-Apr-19 20:01:46

I had the same with a general. A doctor told me when I was discharged that they hadn’t found anything to be concerned about & the biopsy results would be 10 days or so. I ended up phoning the surgery though because the results weren’t sent to me.
I took paracetamol & ibuprofen beforehand & was given liquid morphine afterwards, which was amazing! Slightly different to you though because I also had my coil removed & that caused quite a bit of pain. I bled for about 2 weeks.

Bunnylady53 Thu 25-Apr-19 20:04:11

Sorry I didn’t take painkillers before but they gave me something pre- op

Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 20:05:10

Good to know no results for 2 weeks. Doesn't build my hopes up.

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 20:06:51

It's so hard just waiting.

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 20:07:52

Were All your results two weeks later (i.e. good or bad?)?

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Sunlov Thu 25-Apr-19 20:08:25

Have to wait to get the appointment first.

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