Cystoscopy is a test. It uses a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope to see the inside of the bladder and the urethra. The urethra is the tube that carries urine out of the body.
This test is helpful because it lets your doctor see areas of your bladder and urethra that are hard to see on X-rays. It can help your doctor find bladder stones, tumours, bleeding, and infection. During this test, your doctor also can take tissue and urine samples. And if your doctor finds small stones or growths, he or she can remove them.
In most cases the scope is in the bladder for less than 10 minutes. But the entire test may take 45 minutes or longer. You will probably get local anesthesia. This numbs a small part of your body. Or you may get spinal anesthesia, which numbs more of your body. Once in a while, doctors use general anesthesia. It makes you sleep during surgery.
If you get a local anesthetic, you may be able to get up right after the test. But if you had spinal or general anesthesia, you will stay in the recovery room until you are able to walk or you have feeling again in your lower body. This usually takes about an hour.
Your doctor may be able to tell you some of the results right after the test. But the complete results may take several days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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