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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:

Urinary incontinence
Overactive bladder
Painful urination
Blood in urine
Frequent UTIs

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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What is a cystoscopy?
A cystoscopy is a medical procedure in which a doctor uses a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end (called a cystoscope) to examine the inside of the bladder and urethra. The procedure is typically performed in a hospital or outpatient center.
What is the purpose of a cystoscopy?
A cystoscopy can be performed for a variety of reasons, including to diagnose and treat bladder or urethral problems, such as chronic urinary tract infections, bladder stones, or abnormalities in the bladder or urethra. It can also be used to check for cancer, assess the effectiveness of bladder treatments, or to look for any other abnormalities in the urinary system.
How do I prepare for a cystoscopy?

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.
What can I expect during a cystoscopy?
During a cystoscopy, you will be asked to lie on your back on an examination table with your feet in stirrups. The doctor will insert the cystoscope into your urethra and gently advance it through the bladder and into the urethra. You may feel a sensation of pressure or discomfort during the procedure, but it should not be painful. The procedure typically takes about 15-30 minutes.
Are there any risks or complications associated with a cystoscopy?
As with any medical procedure, there are some risks and complications associated with a cystoscopy. These may include infection, bleeding, or damage to the bladder or urethra. However, serious complications from a cystoscopy are rare.
How long does it take to recover from a cystoscopy?
Most people are able to resume their normal activities the same day as the cystoscopy. However, you may experience some discomfort or urinary symptoms for a few days after the procedure. Your doctor will give you specific instructions for post-procedure care, including any necessary follow-up appointments.