NASHVILLE, Tenn. — There are several medical and financial reasons for physicians to consider office hysteroscopy, according to a presenter at the Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting.
Angela Chaudhari, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine said that the procedure is commonly used to detect abnormal uterine bleeding, hyperplasia/malignancy evaluations, cavity lesions, reproductive evaluations, as well as structural abnormalities and adhesions of the uterine cavity.
Besides those medical purposes, Chaudhari added that office hysteroscopy “can be a cost-effective alternative to hysteroscopy in the operating room setting utilizing general anesthesia.”
A previously published study showed an estimated savings of $1498 per patient who underwent a hysteroscopy for abnormal bleeding vs. those who were treated in an operating room for the same condition.
She also stated that office hysteroscopy appears to be well-tolerated in patients.
To that end, Chauhari cited one survey that indicated “93% reported excellent patient satisfaction and 97% would recommend the procedure to a friend.” Another survey she mentioned yielded responses of greater than 85% in each of these areas. – by Janel Miller
References : Chaudhari A. “The when and why of office hysteroscopy.” Presented at: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting; May 3-6, 2019; Nashville.
Also: Moawad N, et al. JSLS. 2014;doi: 10.4293/JSLS.2014.00393.
Disclosures: Chaudari reports serving as a consultant for Abbvie Pharmaceuticals. Please see the study for those authors’ relevant financial disclosures.