What is Cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy is a procedure that is used to visually inspect the bladder
and the urethra (tube leading out of the bladder). It performed for a
variety of reasons, including blood in the urine, slow urinary stream,
urinary symptoms, incontinence, and others.
Description Of Cystoscopy
Cystoscopy is performed with a telescope that is passed through the urethra
into the bladder. This can be done in most instances without discomfort
by the use of a local anesthetic jelly (not a shot)!! Women will usually
be placed on a table with their legs in stirrups, and men can usually
have the procedure lying flat on their back. The end of the urinary channel
(or urethra) will be cleaned and a local anesthetic placed into the urinary
channel for a few moments. A special telescope, or cystoscope, is used
to inspect the urinary tract, and a camera is used so the patient and
doctor can both see the
images. The cystoscope is smaller than a drinking straw, and flexible
enough to easily follow the curves of the male urethra. The entire exam
usually takes less than 2 minutes. Afterwards you might expect a little
discomfort with voiding and perhaps a spot of blood for a day or so. A
warm bath helps to relieve this irritation and will wash off the soap
we’ve used to prep the area. You will be given an antibiotic tablet
afterward to prevent urinary infection. Ask if you have questions - -
it’s not as bad as you think - - honest!
Possible Risks Of Cystoscopy
After this type of procedure there is a very small risk (1%) of urinary
infection. Most patients will have a small amount of burnig with urination
for the first day, and some patients will have a few drops of blood in
the urine for the next day. If symptoms of burning, frequency or bleeding
last longer than 2 days afterwards please let us know.
Preparation For Cystoscopy
No restrictions for diet, fluids or medications exist for this examination.