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What is a Cystoscopy ?I have been having some bladder issues so my doctor wants me to have a cystoscopy. What is this test and what can it find?


A cystoscopy is a procedure to allow your doctor to look inside your bladder and urethra. If you have blood in your urine, bladder spasms, incontinence, pain with urination, frequent urinary tract infections, or bladder pain, your doctor may recommend a cystoscopy to identify the cause of your symptoms. Depending on why it is being done, you can have a cystoscopy in your doctor’s office, a surgical center with sedation, or even in a hospital under general anesthesia.

During a cystoscopy, a thin, hollow tube with a light called a cystoscope is inserted into the urethra and then the bladder. A sterile solution will be used to inflate your bladder to help your doctor see its interior better. Your doctor will scan the inside of the bladder to look for abnormalities, bladder stones, growths, etc. Because surgical instruments can be inserted through the cystoscope, small stones and growths found may be removed during a cystoscopy. Your doctor can also take tissue samples for biopsy during this test.

If the procedure is done in your doctor’s office, a local anesthetic will be inserted in your urethra prior to the test. In a surgical center or hospital, you may receive sedation through an IV or general anesthesia. Depending on what is found and whether or not your doctor will remove stones, growths, or other tissues, the cystoscope may be in your bladder for only a few minutes. However, the entire procedure can take around 45 minutes or longer.

If you do not have sedation or general anesthesia, you will be able to drive yourself home when the test is complete. When sedation or general anesthesia is used, you will need time in recovery until the medications wear off and someone will need to drive you home.

Your doctor may advise you to avoid some physical activities for 24 hours after the procedure and you may also be prescribed an antibiotic. You may also experience some burning and light bleeding with urination for several days.

Risks for a cystscopy are few and include infection, bleeding, swelling of the urethra, and pain. If you have sedation or anesthesia, you may also have a reaction to those medications. If you experience severe pain, a fever, excessive bleeding, or persistent pain with urination, call your doctor immediately.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-20-2014 - 12:33 PM


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