Cystoscopy is a technique involves the use of a fine tube with a camera and light on one end. To put things in a simple way, the core aim of cystoscopy is to visualize the interior of your bladder efficiently.

Magnified images thus taken are then shown to your urologist doctor to confirm or make a diagnosis.

When is a cystoscopy procedure recommended?

Your urologist will prescribe a cystoscopy procedure when you complain of painful urination, urinary leakage or other urinary health issues. Some other causes to suggest a cystoscopy:

    1. To investigate an overactive bladder
    2. Pelvic pain
    3. Benign prostate hyperplasia
    4. Blocks
    5. Problems with the ureters

Your urologist may also take a biopsy or a sample of the urine for further investigations during a cystoscopy. This sampling will help in making further diagnosis. In some instances, your urologist may inject a dye to assess the kidney’s as well.

cystoscopy procedure

Cystoscopy procedure preparation

Cystoscopy per say requires only simple preparations like emptying your bladder before the actual procedure. You will be made to lie down with a surgical gown by the nurse. You will also be given antibiotics.

Most doctors would give regional anesthesia during a cystoscopy so that you have no uncomfortable sensation in general. Sterile solution is usually injected during the cystoscopy procedure to better aid in visualizing the bladder.

The entire procedure of cystoscopy as such will not take more than 30 mins

Post-procedure issues

It is very normal to have some degree of mild burning urination for 2 or 3 days post procedure. Blood in the urine is also common. Most of these symptoms would subside when you take 2 – 3 litres of water every day. While the risk of infection post cystoscopy is present, this risk is generally low.

Your urologist will prescribe you some painkillers after the procedure to help ease your recovery. We hope you found this article useful. Please share this with your friends/loved ones