What can a cystoscopy reveal?
A cystoscopy is a test to check the health of your urethra and bladder. You might also hear it called a cystourethroscopy or, more simply, a bladder scope. It’s an outpatient test, which means you can get it at your doctor’s office, a hospital, or clinic and go home the same day. The doctor inserts a tube into your urethra.
How long does a cystoscopy take? A simple outpatient cystoscopy can take five to 15 minutes. When done in a hospital with sedation or general anesthesia, cystoscopy takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
Is cystoscopy painful for women? Since anesthesia is used, the woman should feel no pain during the procedure, even though a small amount of discomfort is possible. Once the procedure is complete, the cystoscope is removed quite easily. The results of a flexible cystoscopy for women are usually available soon after the procedure is complete.
When is a cystoscopy necessary? The cystoscopy procedure is ordered by the urologist when more information is needed about what is happening inside the lower urinary tract. Most often it is used to check for any problems in the bladder and its lining.
Is cystoscopy painful? In most cases, there is little to no pain associated with the procedure, although some mild discomfort is to be expected after a cystoscopy. The most frequently reported type of discomfort is a burning sensation when urinating, and this symptom usually lasts for only a day or two following the procedure.
Do I still need a cystoscopy?
Do I still need a cystoscopy? A cystoscopy can be used to investigate symptoms that involve the urethra or the bladder. You may need to have a cystoscopy to determine the cause of concerns such as: Blood in the urine. Painful urination. Urinary retention (inability to urinate) Recurrent bladder infections. Frequent urination. Pelvic pain.
What should I do after a cystoscopy? Proper care after a cystoscopy is essential, and any bothersome symptoms should be reported to a doctor for further medical evaluation. It is important to drink plenty of water after a cystoscopy so that the bladder is completely flushed out.
Is cystoscopy a painful procedure? Cystoscopy can be a painful procedure that may cause mild burning during urination, more frequent urges to urinate, small amounts of blood in the urine, mild discomfort in the kidney or bladder are while urinating. These signs and sypmtoms should not last more than 24 hours.
What to expect during a cystogram?
Your cystoscopy procedure might follow this process:
- You’ll be asked to empty your bladder. Then you’ll lie down on a table on your back.
- You may or may not need a sedative or anesthetic.
- Your doctor will insert the cystoscope.
- Your doctor will examine your urethra and bladder.
- Your bladder will be filled with a sterile solution.
- Tissue samples might be taken.