What is a flexible cystoscopy?
This is an examination of the bladder and urethra (water pipe) using a fine, flexible telescope (cystoscope). This procedure is usually performed to investigate episodes of blood seen in the urine, to remove a stent or to insert a catheter.
What happens on the day of the procedure?
A urologist or advanced practitioner will review your history and medications, including any allergies. Please bring a copy of any medications which you take regularly. The procedure will be discussed with you and then we will ask for your consent to proceed. You will have the opportunity to express any concerns or ask any questions about the procedure.
Details of the procedure
- Once the cystoscope is in place, sterile water is used to fill the bladder so the lining of the bladder can be fully inspected.
- If any abnormalities are seen, it is possible to take small biopsies and cauterise the site.
- When the urologist or practitioner has completed the examination, the cystoscope is removed from the bladder.
- You will be shown to the toilet to pass urine following the procedure.
- The urologist or practitioner will explain the findings to you along with any follow up which may be needed.
- You will be able to go home straight after the procedure.
What can I expect when I get home?
- You should drink twice as much fluid as usual over the next 48 hours to flush your system through.
- You may experience some burning or bleeding over the first few days when you pass urine.
- If you are unable to pass urine or experience worsening bleeding, you should contact your GP immediately.
- You will be informed of any follow up which may be required before you leave the department.
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.