What is a Cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy is a procedure to take a direct look at your bladder and urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your body). This can help your doctor find the cause of many urinary system problems.

How is a Cystoscopy Done?

A cystoscopy is done using a cystoscope, a telescope-like instrument that contains special lenses, and fiber optics – small glass wires that make a bright light.

Getting Ready for a Cystoscopy

  • Continue taking your usual medications unless otherwise directed by your physician.
  • You can eat and/or drink as normal prior to the procedure.
  • Follow any other instructions that your doctor gives you.

A cystoscopy only takes a few minutes. You will be asked to leave a urine sample before your procedure.

What Happens During a Cystoscopy?

  • You lie on an examination table covered by a drape.
  • Your urethra and surrounding areas are cleaned with an antiseptic.
  • Your doctor will insert the smallest cystoscope possible. Your bladder will be filled with a sterile solution to expand it. You may feel pressure from this fluid.

When the procedure is done the cystoscope is removed, and you will be allowed to empty your bladder. You will be given an antibiotic.

What Happens After a Cystoscopy?

  • You can go home after the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • You may have burning or light bleeding when you urinate. This is normal.
  • Call your doctor if you have: heavy bleeding or clots, burning that lasts more than a day, a fever greater than 101 degrees Fahrenheit, or trouble urinating.

If Your Healthcare Provider has Recommended a Cystoscopy

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