Cystoscopy – What happens
Flexible and rigid cystoscopes both involve passing a thin viewing tube called a cystoscope along the urethra, but they’re done in slightly different ways to see if you’re peeing or if your bladder is blocked.
Before a flexible cystoscopy, you’ll be given instructions about what to eat and drink, and you may be asked to pee into a container so that an infection can be checked. The procedure may be delayed if a urine infection is discovered during the procedure, but you won’t have to stay in the hospital overnight.
A cystoscope is inserted into your urethra and gently moved down to your bladder, where water may be pumped to help doctors see inside your bladder more clearly. Images from inside the bladder are sent to a monitor by a camera in the cystoscope.
Does it hurt?
A cystoscopy is a procedure that can be painful, but it usually does not hurt. You may feel compelled to pee during the procedure, but this will only last a few minutes. If you experience any pain, tell your doctor or nurse.
You may need to go to the bathroom right after the cystoscopy to empty your bladder, and your doctor or nurse will be able to discuss the results with you shortly afterward; however, if a small tissue sample was removed for testing (biopsy), the results may take up to 2-3 weeks to arrive.
The procedure may be delayed if a urine infection is discovered during the examination. You’ll be given instructions about eating, drinking, and any medications you’re taking. You’ll usually need to stop eating and drinking for a few hours before a rigid cystoscopy.
A cystoscopy is a procedure in which a cystoscope is inserted into your urethra and gently moved towards your bladder, lasting up to 30 minutes and requiring an injection of anaesthetic or spinal anaesthetic, depending on the procedure.
Does it hurt?
You may experience a brief, sharp pain as the anaesthetic is injected, but you will not experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure; you will be asleep or your lower half will be numbed, so don’t be concerned if you feel uncomfortable or tired.
To help you pee, you may need a catheter inserted into your bladder.
How painful is a cystoscopy?
It can be a little uncomfortable, and you may feel like you need to pee during the procedure, but this will only last a few minutes. Tell your doctor or nurse if you experience any pain during the procedure.
How long does it take to do a cystoscopy?
A simple outpatient cystoscopy can take five to 15 minutes, while a hospital cystoscopy with sedation or general anesthesia can take 15 to 30 minutes. Your cystoscopy procedure may include the following steps: You’ll be asked to empty your bladder.
Why is cystoscopy painful?
The most painful part of flexible cystoscopy, according to studies, is when the cystoscope tip is inserted into the outer urinary opening.
Is a cystoscopy embarrassing?
Because cystoscopy can be a humiliating procedure for the patient, the exposure and handling of the genitalia must be done with care, and the patient should only be exposed for as long as is required to complete the evaluation.
Can I drive home after a cystoscopy?
After the flexible cystoscopy, you will not need to rest and will be able to drive home; however, we recommend that you drink twice as much fluid as usual for the first 1 to 2 days after the procedure.
How long does it hurt to pee after cystoscopy?
You may experience numbness as a result of the local anesthesia (painkilling medication) used during your procedure, which should subside within 1 to 3 hours. You may experience burning when urinating for the next 2 to 3 days, and you may see a small amount of blood in your urine for the next 2 to 3 days.
Can I be sedated for a cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy is usually done as an outpatient procedure with a local anesthetic to numb the urethra, but it can also be done under sedation if necessary. It can also be done in the hospital under general anesthesia.
Is there an alternative to a cystoscopy?
Because imaging studies like ultrasound or CT can miss small lesions like tumors, cystoscopy is recommended for anyone who has bladder symptoms like bleeding.
Does a cystoscopy check kidneys?
A urologist uses a ureteroscopy to find the cause of urine blockage in a ureter or to evaluate other abnormalities inside the ureters or kidneys, in addition to the causes of urinary tract problems that he or she can find with a cystoscope.
Can I refuse to have a cystoscopy?
Because the cytoscope can be metal, rigid, or flexible, and its insertion can cause patients pain, discomfort, and inconvenience, physicians are sometimes hesitant to refer patients for cystoscopy, and patients may refuse to undergo this necessary urological examination.
How much does it cost to have a cystoscopy?
The cost of a Cystoscopy (in office) on MDsave ranges from $277 to $401. Those with high deductible health plans or without insurance can save money by purchasing their procedure in advance through MDsave.
Is cystoscopy considered surgery?
Cystoscopy is a surgical procedure that uses a thin, lighted tube to examine the inside of the bladder and urethra.
Will I need a catheter after a cystoscopy?
Urinary retention (inability to urinate) can occur after cystoscopy for a variety of reasons, necessitating the insertion of a catheter to drain the bladder. Swelling caused by the procedure can obstruct urine flow.
Why do I need a CT scan after a cystoscopy?
A CT urogram is a test that examines the upper urinary tract (kidneys and ureters) in detail and can detect tumors of the kidney, renal pelvis, and ureter, as well as other urologic abnormalities. It can also detect kidney stones and hydronephrosis (kidney swelling caused by downstream blockage).
What can a cystoscopy find?
Cystoscopy is a procedure that allows a healthcare provider to look inside the urinary tract, specifically the bladder, urethra, and the openings to the ureters. It can be used to detect early signs of cancer, infection, narrowing, blockage, or bleeding.