Cystoscopy

The Cystoscopy is a procedure that is performed with a local anesthetic, using a small telescope, inserted into the urethra. With the Cystoscopy, the physician can look inside the urethra and bladder to help with diagnosing problems with the urinary tract.

Indications

Indications for a Cystoscopy may include:

  • Recurrent Infection
  • Hematuria
  • Screening for Bladder Tumors
  • Incontinence
  • Bladder Outlet Obstruction
  • Removal of Ureteral Stent

Procedure

The patient is placed upon an exam table, lying on his or her back. The opening to the urethra is cleaned, and local anesthesia is given. The Cystoscope is then inserted into the urethra and bladder. This allows the physician to examine the inner lining of the urethra, as well as the bladder. Dependent upon the indications for the procedure, a small tissue sample may be obtained, measurements taken, or ureteral stent removed.

Side Effects

The majority of patients will experience some slight burning when urinating and/or pass a small amount of blood during the first 24 hours after the Cystoscopy. If burning lasts longer than this, any bleeding becomes heavier and/or if the patient experiences passage of clots, a fever over 101 degrees, and/or is unable to urinate, he or she should contact us.