One manufacturer contacted for this Master Class lists the price of a complete office tower (light source, camera, and monitor) at approximately $9,700 and the price of a rigid hysteroscope
, sheath, and hand instruments at about $6,300.
In addition, the investigators found that most patients in the selected studies underwent hysteroscopy with a rigid hysteroscope
that ranged in diameter from 2.9 mm to 5.5 mm.
I use a 3-mm single-flow rigid hysteroscope
for diagnostic purposes and can quickly add the operative sheath, making the hysteroscope a 5-mm operative rigid hysteroscope
, when I need to perform a minor procedure.
When a rigid hysteroscope
is used diagnostically, an open-sided speculum should be used, because a closed speculum will restrict the free movement of the scope.
In terms of product type, the market has been segmented into rigid hysteroscopes
and flexible hysteroscopes.
(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.
One reason why this technology hasn't been more widely embraced is that initially only rigid hysteroscopes