A cystoscopy is a procedure using a fiberoptic camera to view the inside of the bladder and urethra.
This procedure is generally used to diagnose the following conditions:
- Bladder control
- Urinary retention
- Bladder stones
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
A thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope has a lens on the end that magnifies the inner surface and lining of your urethra and bladder. After a numbing solution is applied to the urethra, your urologist will insert the cystoscope through the urethra into the bladder. During the exam, a sterile solution of water or saline is infused through the cystoscope into the bladder. As the fluid fills the bladder, the bladder wall is stretched to improve visibility. After your urologist views the bladder, the cystoscope is removed. Generally, the procedure takes between 5 and 15 minutes.
After the Procedure
Soreness is common, and you may find some blood in your urine or have a burning feeling when urinating. All symptoms should disappear within 12 to 24 hours. Contact your healthcare provider if you still feel pain after 48 hours, if you are feverish or if your urine is bright red.