Southern DHB Gynaecology Service - Otago
Public Service, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Hysteroscopy and Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)
This is an operation where the cervix (entrance to the uterus) is dilated and a hysteroscope (small lighted mini telescope) is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix so the specialist can see the inside of the uterus. If no cancer is present, a small spoon-like instrument with a long handle, called a curette, is inserted and the lining of the uterus is scraped off and sent to the laboratory for examination.
This procedure can be done under a general (you are asleep) or local (you are awake but the area being investigated is numb) anaesthetic.