What type of anesthesia is used for hysteroscopy?

Anesthesia for hysteroscopy may be local, regional or general:

  • Local anesthesia: The numbing of only a part of the body for a short time.
  • Regional anesthesia: The numbing of a larger portion of the body for a few hours.
  • General anesthesia: The numbing of the entire body for the entire time of the surgery.

The type of anesthesia used is determined by where the hysteroscopy is to be performed (hospital or doctor’s office) and whether other procedures will be done at the same time. If you are having general anesthesia, you will be told not to eat or drink for a certain amount of time before the hysteroscopy.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/18/2018.

References

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. FAQ: Hysteroscopy. Accessed 7/19/2018.
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Hysteroscopy. Accessed 7/19/2018.
  • Cain J, ElMasri WM, Gregory T, Kohn EC. Chapter 41. Gynecology. In: Brunicardi FC, Andersen DK, Billiar TR, Dunn DL, Hunter JG, Matthews JB, Pollock RE, eds. Schwartz's Principles of Surgery. 9th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2010. Accessed 7/19/2018.

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