Advanced operative office hysteroscopy without anaesthesia: analysis of 501 cases treated with a 5 Fr. bipolar electrode

S. Bettocchi
2002 Human Reproduction  
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate treatment efficacy and patient acceptability of a new bipolar probe used during office hysteroscopic treatment of benign intrauterine pathologies. METHODS: In this observational clinical study, 501 women were treated for benign intrauterine pathologies using an office hysteroscopic procedure, without analgesia or anaesthesia. A Versapoint 5 Fr. bipolar electrical generator was used to treat endometrial polyps ranging between 0.5 and 4.5 cm, as
more » ... .5 and 4.5 cm, as well as submucosal and partially intramural myomas between 0.6 and 2.0 cm. Treatment efficacy and patient compliance were evaluated. RESULTS: At follow-up, the uterine cavity was normal in all patients without any recurrence or persistence of the pathology. One focal adenocarcinoma was discovered at histology in an endometrial polyp of a menopausal patient. Patient acceptance was satisfactory; 47.6-79.3% of the patients underwent the procedure without discomfort. CONCLUSIONS: The combination of a new generation small diameter hysteroscope and a new bipolar 5 Fr. electrode enables the gynaecologist to treat intrauterine pathologies in an office setting without anaesthesia. Experimentation of a special set-up of the electrical generator reduced patient discomfort during the operative part of the hysteroscopic procedure.
doi:10.1093/humrep/17.9.2435 pmid:12202437 fatcat:ihofgqvucnbsrft5q4qyv7eu6m