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Here you’ll find the answers to many of your questions about cystoscopy. Learn how the procedure works, what it may cost, what your recovery may be like, and more.
To see how this procedure is done, view our animation below. For personal insights, see our patient experience videos in which HCF members talk frankly about their preparation, their procedure and their recovery.
What is a cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy is a procedure that’s carried out using a specialised endoscopic instrument called a cystoscope. A cystoscope is a long lighted fibre-optic tube with a small camera at the end, allowing the doctor to see inside your bladder and urethra, and sometimes perform procedures. A cystoscopy can reveal information that’s not obvious on an x-ray or ultrasound.
Why is it done?
It’s done to help diagnose the reason for problems such as:
- recurrent urinary tract infection
- retention of urine
- blood stained urine
- difficult or frequent urination
As well as diagnosis, a cystoscopy may also be used as a treatment, including:
- removing tumours from your bladder
- crushing and removing stones found in your bladder
- removing an obstruction in your bladder
- treating bleeding in your bladder.
CONSIDERING THE PROCEDURE
Alternatives to cystoscopy
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Types of cystoscopy procedure
Benefits and drawbacks of the different types of procedure.
Results vs risks of the procedure
The benefits and potential complications of cystoscopy.
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