Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the cervix and the uterine cavity using an endoscope that is inserted into the uterus.
When a hysteroscopy is performed to “inspect” or visualize your uterus, no anesthesia is required. This type of hysteroscopy is called diagnostic hysteroscopy.
A diagnostic hysteroscopy can be performed during a regular clinical examination as long as the appropriate instruments are available.
When an anomaly is found in the uterine cavity that requires corrective surgical treatment, an operative hysteroscopy is performed. Operative hysteroscopy procedures require local, general or regional (epidural or spinal) anesthesia.