The London Bridge Hospital Gynaecology Clinic is equipped to provide a full range of diagnostic services, including hysteroscopy and colposcopy. As well as dealing with general gynaecological problems, the Clinic offers specialist advice and management of abnormal cervical smears, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. The Clinic also offers the first formal screening service for ovarian cancer.
Should further treatment be required, the hospital has a fully-equipped Day Surgery Theatre, where a range of minimal-access procedures (both hysteroscopic and laparoscopic) can be carried out. Some procedures, such as a hysteroscopy, colposcopy and large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ) can be carried out in our specially-equipped outpatient treatment rooms.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of the uterus (womb) using a small telescope (hysteroscope), usually following abnormal bleeding. It is common for a biopsy to be performed at the same time (which involves removing a small piece of the lining of the womb). A hysteroscopy is typically used to identify one of the following conditions:
- Fibroids (an overgrowth of the muscle of the womb)
- Polyps (a small skin tag that looks like a small grape on a stalk)
- Endometrial cancer (a malignant growth in the lining of the womb)
- Abnormally-shaped womb (sometimes associated with abnormal uterine bleeding or miscarriages).
A colposcopy involves using a bright light and a microscope to look at a patient’s cervix. The preparation is the same as for a cervical smear. During this procedure, a solution of weak acetic acid (vinegar) is used to dab the cervix. This will then show up any abnormal cells, as they will change colour. Should any abnormal cells be present, the Consultant will be able to identify them and take a small biopsy to send away for further analysis.
For further information, contact the Outpatient Department on 020 7234 2107.
Large loop excision of the transformation zone (LLETZ)
A loop diathermy, or LLETZ, is a minor procedure, usually recommended after an abnormal cervical smear test result. You will need to be prepared in much the same way as for a cervical smear, the difference being that you will be given a local anaesthetic into the cervix at the beginning of the procedure.
The aim of loop diathermy is to remove the area of cells which are abnormal, so that they may be looked at under a microscope for further investigation. The procedure itself takes only a few minutes to perform. In many cases this will be the only treatment that a patient will need, however follow-up colposcopies will be required to ensure that the patient has healed well and that there is no reoccurrence of abnormal cell growth.
London’s first screening programme for ovarian cancer
The Gynaecology Department are pleased to offer the first formal screening service for ovarian cancer. This is a disease that is often discovered when it has reached an advanced stage, because there are no reliable early symptoms.
Whilst ovarian cancer is less common than breast or colon cancer, it is harder to treat successfully and is more serious. Of the 7,000 new cases discovered every year, 6,000 patients unfortunately cannot be cured.
However, if it is detected at an early stage, treatment is very successful; with cure rates in excess of 90% being reported. It is vital to try and detect this disease even before a woman is aware that there is a problem.
For further details on London’s first ovarian cancer screening programme, please click here.
For information on fertility treatment, please visit our sister hospital, The Lister Fertility Clinic.
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 8.00am-8.00pm, Friday 8.00am-6.00pm
Telephone:For general enquiries call: +44 (0)20 7407 3100
To book an appointment call: +44 (0)20 7234 2009