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Flexible Cystoscopy

Patient guide

What is a Flexible Cystoscopy?

Flexible cystoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to examine the bladder and urethra using a thin, flexible instrument called a cystoscope. It helps your urologist diagnose and treat various urological conditions.

Why is this procedure done?

Your urologist may recommend a flexible cystoscopy to:

  1. Investigate Symptoms: If you're experiencing urinary tract symptoms such as pain, blood in urine, frequent urination, or recurrent infections, flexible cystoscopy can help identify the underlying cause.

  2. Screen for Abnormalities: The procedure is used to check for bladder and urethral abnormalities, such as tumors, stones, or strictures.

  3. Monitor Treatment: If you're undergoing treatment for a urological condition, flexible cystoscopy allows your doctor to monitor your progress.

What to Expect Before the Procedure:

Preparation: You may be asked to drink fluids and avoid urinating for a period before the procedure. Your doctor will provide specific instructions.

Medications: Inform your Urologist about any medications you're taking, including blood thinners. Your doctor will advise you on whether to stop or adjust them.

Anesthesia: Flexible cystoscopies are often performed with local anesthesia. You may be given a numbing gel or solution to minimize discomfort.

During the Procedure:

Positioning: You will lie on an examination table with your feet in stirrups.

Insertion: The cystoscope is gently inserted into the urethra and advanced into the bladder.

Visualisation: A camera on the cystoscope transmits images to a monitor, allowing your Urologist to examine the bladder's lining.

Procedure Length: Flexible cystoscopy typically takes about 5-10 minutes.

After the Procedure:

Recovery: You may experience mild discomfort or a burning sensation during urination for a short time after the procedure.

Resuming Activities: Most patients can resume regular activities immediately after the procedure.

Results and Follow-Up: Your Urologist will discuss the findings with you and recommend any necessary follow-up tests or treatments.

Benefits of Flexible Cystoscopy:

Minimally Invasive:The procedure is less invasive than traditional cystoscopy, often requiring no incisions.

Accurate Diagnosis: Flexible cystoscopy provides clear images of the bladder and urethra, aiding accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.

Quick and Convenient: The procedure is usually quick and can be performed on an outpatient basis, minimising disruption to your daily routine.

Risks and Considerations:

While flexible cystoscopy is generally safe, some risks include minor bleeding, infection, or discomfort. Your Urologist will discuss these with you before the procedure.

For more information or to discuss further schedule an appointment by contacting us on P: 035561 6038

*Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only. Always consult your Urologist for personalised guidance.*

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