Hysteroscopy has evolved from the invention of Leichleiter by Phillipe Bozzini in 1805 to the first hysteroscopy done by D C Pantaleoni in 1869 using the modified cystoscope with aid of Desormeaux’s endoscope. Laparoscopy in the mean time gained the upper hand as it is just another way to access the abdominal cavity. On the other hand uterine cavity is a virtual dark cavity and it required distention medium, light to be transmitted for better visualisation. As optic systems and distension media developed hysteroscopy became more and more feasible. Jacques Hamou in the late seventies and early eighties revolutionised the field of hysteroscopy. In the early 1990 Stefano Bettocchi introduced the miniature hysteroscope and then introduced the vaginoscopic technique making hysteroscopy feasible in outpatient setting.
The hard and passionate work of these and many other gynaecologists led to hysteroscopy spread its wings across the globe and thereby serve the patients. I consider my self lucky that I had the opportunity to learn office hysteroscopy from none other than my mentor Prof Stefano Bettocchi. I also worked and learnt a lot from Attilio Di Spiezio Sardo .In my days as resident we did not have the equipments in India to learn the art of hysteroscopy. The scene has now changed in India with nearly all gynaecologist interested in hysteroscopy and the seniors willing to train them. Infact every Indian conference on Gynae laparoscopy is preceded by a workshop on hysteroscopy. Truely as Linda Bradley says Hysteroscopy will be our stethoscope .
In The Global Congress of Hysteroscopy (2019) Prof Sergio, Prof Attilio and Luis gave a very good message of passion and friendship. Both the 2017 and 2019 Congress have led to great interaction among the hysteroscopists of the world and all have been immensely benefited. I believe passion accompanied by thorough knowledge will make hysteroscopy safe for the patient. I firmly believe that counselling the patient is the backbone of any surgical procedure ,more so in the case of Office Hysteroscopy.