Anaesthesia(G) may be required for diagnostic procedures such as hysteroscopyThis is an examination suing a small telescope to have a look inside the uterus.
The procedure is often performed in hospital under a short general anaesthetic, but with modern small flexible cystoscopes, it can be done as an outpatient procedure, on in a doctor’s surgery under a local anaesthetic.
, D and C(G)
, EU, and/or laparoscopy(G)
as well as definitive treatment including brachytherapyThis is a form of internal radiation therapy provided by a radioactive source.
. In addition, some procedures such as LLETZAn abbreviation that stands for large loop excision of the transformation zone.
It is used to remove the transformation zone when taking a biopsy of the cervix if it looks abnormal.
and laser cone biopsyThe use of a laser light in preference to a scalpel to perform a cone biopsy.
are occasionally performed under a local anaestheticThe injection of a drug into a small area of the body to make it feel numb.
with or without conscious sedationThe administration of one or more drugs to make a patient feel drowsy, relaxed and happy.
Often known as 'twilight sleep'. In this state sensations which might otherwise be unpleasant become less significant.
A patient frequently remembers nothing about the procedure afterwards