What is Cystoscopy?
- During a cystoscopy, the doctor uses a small camera to look inside the bladder.
- This may be performed to diagnose urinary tract infections, frequent or painful urination, blood in the urine, or other conditions.
- Sometimes a biopsy (sample of tissue) is also taken at the same time.
What Will Happen?
- Be sure to eat a small meal prior to your appointment.
- It is nice to bring a driver with you, but it is not mandatory.
- The nurse will drain your bladder and apply an anesthetic gel to the bladder opening.
- The camera will be inserted into the bladder, and you will be able to see as well on the monitor screen!
- Most women feel a slight discomfort as the camera is inserted, but it is well tolerated.
- The procedure usually takes only 5-10 minutes.
- At the end of the procedure, your bladder is drained again for your comfort.
- You may return to normal activities right away.
- If a biopsy was taken, you may see some pink, red, or brown fluid in the urine; be sure to drink plenty of fluids to flush out the bladder.
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