Before going ahead with cystoscopy, there are certain questions you need to ask.
If in doubt, consider getting a second opinion.
Make sure you fully understand the procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s imperative your doctor explains the common risks and benefits, as well as those particular to your circumstances. Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent.
Questions for your doctor
- Are there alternatives to this procedure?
- What type of cystoscopy scope do you plan to use, rigid or flexible?
- Is this procedure really needed at this time or can it wait?
- What are the likely consequences if I delay it?
- What are the likely out-of-pocket medical expenses? (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you’ll incur – this is known as ‘Informed Financial Consent’) Learn about the costs
- Will there be an additional fee for an assistant surgeon? If so, what will it be?
- How should I prepare for my procedure?
- Will there be an additional fee for the anaesthetist? If so, what will it be?
- Can I meet with my anaesthetist before my procedure?
- What sort of anaesthesia will I have?
- What happens during and after the procedure?
- Will I need someone to take me home?
- How long do the biopsy results usually take?
- How soon can I drive, go back to work or travel?
- Are there restrictions on what activities I can do?
- Will this procedure affect my ability to have sex?
- Follow-up appointments (Write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your surgeon).
Tell your doctor if you have any skin lesions, sores, cuts, a raised temperature or signs of a urinary tract infection, as they’ll need to be treated before your procedure.
Most medication should be taken as usual, but some may interfere with your procedure. Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop, and when to stop taking it. Don’t forget to mention any complementary or herbal remedies you’re taking, as these can have interactions and side effects too.
Print out this page to take to your appointment with your surgeon.