Advanced Women’s Health Center physicians are skilled in the practice of diagnostic cystoscopy of the urinary bladder and urethra.
Definition of Cystoscopy
Cystoscopy is a kind of endoscopy, meaning that the Urologist inserts a tiny camera or telescope into the body. In this case, the cystoscope is inserted through the urethra to examine the urinary bladder.
Diagnostic cystoscopy is typically performed using local anesthesia, while surgical cystoscopy may require general anesthesia.
Purpose of Diagnostic Cystoscopy
The Urologist may wish to perform a diagnostic cystoscopy to explore urinary tract infections, blood in the urine, bladder control issues, unusual cells found in the urine, painful urination, prostate issues, bladder stones, polyps, tumors or cancer. Diagnostic cystoscopy may also be used in conjunction with placement of a bladder catheter.
Details of the Diagnostic Cystoscopy Procedure
The Urologist gently inserts the tip of the cystoscope into the urethra and slowly glides it up into the bladder. Sterile fluid flows through the scope to fill the bladder to capacity, giving the Urologist a better view of the bladder walls. This may cause discomfort, as well as the urge to urinate.
In most cases, the diagnostic cystoscopy procedure takes about 20 minutes.