What is a Cystoscopy?
A cystoscopy or ureteroscopy allows the doctor to see inside your bladder and urethra. The urethra is the canal that urine is passed from the bladder out of the body. The doctor uses a cystoscope, which has a lens like a telescope or microscope, that allows the doctor to visualize the inner surfaces of the urinary tract.
Why do I need this procedure?
Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you have any of the following conditions:
Frequent urinary tract infections (kidney infections)
Blood in your urine
Incontinence (loss of bladder control) or overactive bladder
Painful urination, chronic lower back pain, or interstitial cystitis
Urinary blockage, such as prostate enlargement, narrowing or a stricture of the urinary tract
Store in the urinary tract
Unusual growth, polyp, tumour or cancer
Preparation for the procedure
You will usually be required to fast for 8 hours before the procedure. Some may be required before the procedure depending on your age and general health.
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
- Chest x-ray
- Electrocardiogram (a non-invasive heart tracing)
What to expect after the operation?
You may have a mild burning sensation when you pass urine and some specs of blood, this should resolve after 24 hours. If they persist, it is important to contact the doctor again.
Try to increase your fluid intake, 6 to 8 large glasses a day.
Take any medication as instructed by your doctor for specified duration.