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Cystoscopy in Denver
Urinary and bladder conditions can be painful and uncomfortable. When you are experiencing issues such as frequency, painful or burning urination, blood in your urine, or frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), a cystoscope can help determine the cause.
At the Women's Health Group, we use cystoscopy as a tool to both diagnose and treat a variety of urinary and bladder conditions. You don’t have to live with discomfort — reach out to see how we can help today.
Why Is a Cystoscope Used?
A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows a healthcare provider to examine the inside of the bladder and the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine out of the body. The procedure is typically performed using a cystoscope, which is a long, narrow, tube-like instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. The cystoscope is inserted through the urethra and into the bladder, allowing the healthcare provider to see the inside of the bladder and urethra.
Cystoscopes are an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of medical conditions, including:
What to Expect During a Cystoscopy
A cystoscopy is usually performed in a hospital or clinic setting and takes about 15 to 30 minutes. It is done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the urethra, or general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep during the procedure. Before the cystoscopy begins, we will ask you to empty your bladder.
- The doctor will insert the cystoscope into your urethra using the smallest possible scope.
- Using the cystoscope lens, the doctor will examine the surfaces of your urethra and bladder, projecting the images onto a larger screen.
- The doctor will fill your bladder with a special solution to provide a better look inside.
- Tissue samples may be taken, if necessary.
After a Cystoscopy
Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may be able to resume your normal daily routine. You may experience some discomfort after a cystoscopy. This is normal and should resolve in a few days. Side effects can include burning during urination, frequent urination, and bleeding from the urethra.
To alleviate any discomfort you may feel, we recommend:
- Taking pain medication as needed
- Drinking plenty of water to flush irritants out of your bladder
- Using a warm washcloth as a compress to relieve urethral pain
- Taking a warm bath, if allowed by the doctor
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Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for a cystoscopy, but typically you will be asked to:
- Avoid eating or drinking anything for several hours before the procedure.
- Take any medications as prescribed by your doctor.
- Empty your bladder before the procedure.