A cystoscopy allows your doctor to examine the inside lining of your bladder.
Examining and diagnosing disorders of the bladder can be difficult without medical technology. Rather than have you undergo exploratory, invasive surgery, your doctor may advise you to go through a procedure called a cystoscopy if you suffer from certain bladder symptoms.
A cystoscopy is a procedure that involves placing a scope inside of the urethra and bladder. The scope is used along with ultrasound equipment to let the doctor examine the inside lining of this organ.
A cystoscopy is performed as an outpatient procedure in the doctor’s office.
You also may be advised to have a cystoscopy if you suffer from frequent bladder stones or you have an enlarged prostate.
How is a Cystoscopy Performed?
The procedure itself does not last long and is relatively painless. A cystoscopy takes about five to ten minutes to complete and does not require the use of general sedation. Instead, the doctor may apply a local anesthetic to the urethra before the scope is inserted into the bladder.
You will remain awake during the entire procedure. Before it begins, you will be asked to use the restroom to empty your bladder completely of urine. The scope, also called a cystoscope, is a lighted device that allows the doctor to see the lining of the bladder. Saline and water are inserted into the bladder via the scope. Once the bladder is full and inflated, it becomes easier for the doctor to examine.
After the procedure is over, you will be allowed to go home to rest. It is important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions after the cystoscopy to avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort.
The recovery period for a cystoscopy takes about one to two days. During the first 24 to 48 hours after the procedure, you may feel sore. You also may experience pain when going to the bathroom. Your urine might also be pink.
The pain and discolored urine should last about two days after the procedure. You can take over-the-counter medications for any significant discomfort. You should avoid riding a bicycle and doing any aerobic exercise or heavy lifting for 48 hours after the cystoscopy. You can continue to take baths or showers as normal.