The unique molded soak trays included with the systems hold a flexible hysteroscope
or cystoscope in the correct position wine using only a half-gallon of disinfectant.
The flexible hysteroscope
coupled with vaginoscopy has enabled hysteroscopy to be done with minimal to no anesthesia in an in-office setting.
When a straight--or even partially curved--dilator cannot traverse the tortuous path of a distorted canal, the small flexible hysteroscope may offer a solution, allowing identification of the anatomic obstruction and visualization of the course of the cervical canal.
The small flexible hysteroscope may help identify obstruction when the cervical canal is distorted
Diagnostic hysteroscopy with a 3-mm flexible hysteroscope, in fact, does not require any anesthesia.
For diagnostic hysteroscopy, I favor a 3-mm flexible hysteroscope. I also prefer using normal warmed saline as a distension medium, and I have found that hanging the saline in a 1,000-cc bag on a tall IV pole, with standard IV tubing and with a pressure cuff to maintain distention, is an ideal setup.
Together, a flexible hysteroscope, monitor, light source, camera, and cart cost S12,000-$15,000 at a minimum.
When flexible hysteroscopes came on the scene in the early 1990s, the quality of the images they produced was quite poor.
In terms of product type, the market has been segmented into rigid hysteroscopes and flexible hysteroscopes
. In terms of application, the market has been segmented into diagnostic hysteroscopy and surgical hysteroscopy.
cost about $6,000 more, which prompts many gynecologic surgeons to focus their investment on a rigid scope that can be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
(1,7) Flexible hysteroscopes range in diameter from 2.7 to 5 mm; rigid hysteroscopes, from 1 to 5 ram; and operative hysteroscopes can be as large as 8 to 10 mm.
A case controlled study comparing 3.6 mm and 3.1 mm flexible hysteroscopes. Gynaecol Endosc.