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Looking Inside the Bladder

The cystoscope is a catheter-like tube that has a lens with a light source on the end. Cystoscopy allows the doctor to directly examine the bladder and urethra to try to determine the source of your problems or any contributing abnormalities. 

What you can expect at your cystoscopy appointment:

  • You will be asked to get undressed from the waist down and given a drape to cover up.
  • You will then be asked to lie on your back. Women will have their knees elevated and legs apart.
  • An anesthetic (numbing) jelly is applied to the urethra to help ease any discomfort you may experience
  • When the cystoscope is inserted, sterile fluid flows through the scope and into the bladder, which expands and allows the doctor a better view.
  • After examining the bladder, the cystoscope is removed and your doctor will discuss the findings with you.

What to expect afterwards:

  • You may feel the need to urinate more frequently
  • You may have temporary burning and some blood in your urine
  • You should drink plenty of fluids

Call the office if you experience any of the following:

  • Fever > 101 degrees fahrenheit
  • Heavy bleeding Inability to urinate

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