We are increasingly able to offer some procedures quickly and safely, without the need for general anaesthetic. Also known as ambulatory gynaecology, this service sees us using the latest technology to provide the best possible care.
The procedures offered are:
- Cystoscopy (with or without injection of botulism) – looking into the bladder
- Paraurethral bulking agent to treat urinary incontinence
- Hysteroscopy – looking into the uterus
- MyoSure® - Removal of polyps from the uterus
- Endometrial ablation - an effective treatment for menorrhagia (heavy periods)
- Manual vacuum aspiration for management of miscarriage
If you are referred to us for one of these procedures, we may ask you to attend the ambulatory gynaecology clinic, Clinic 25 or the Rosie Outpatients (Clinic 21).
Clinic 25 is located in a dedicated area of the Daphne ward. Your letter will tell you which clinic you need to attend and where to go.
You will be awake and able to talk with doctors and nurses throughout the procedure. You will be offered pain relief as needed. You will recover and be able to return to your normal activities much more quickly than after a general anaesthetic. There is also less risk attached to having your procedures this way.
If you have Manual Vacuum Aspiration of miscarriage you will be admitted to Daphne ward in the late morning and will be free to leave mid-afternoon.
Patients do have the choice of undergoing these procedures with a general anaesthetic if they would prefer.