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What is a cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the inside of the bladder and the urethra using a thin, lighted instrument called a cystoscope.
The cystoscope is inserted into your vagina and slowly advanced into the bladder.
Cystoscopy allows your doctor to look at areas of your bladder and urethra that usually do not show up well on X-rays. Tiny surgical instruments can be inserted through the cystoscope that allow your doctor to remove samples of tissue or samples of urine from each kidney.
Small bladder stones and some small growths can be removed during cystoscopy. This may eliminate the need for more extensive surgery.
When is it used?
A cystoscopy has a wide variety of uses and benefits. A cystoscopy may be a good option for one or more of the following:
What are the risks associated with this procedure?
As with any procedure, there are risks. Be sure to discuss these risks with your physician prior to the procedure. Additionally, there are some risks when you have general anesthesia. Discuss these risks with your health care provider, and please inform your physician about any known allergic reaction as a result of general anesthetic. The regional anesthetic may not numb the area quite enough and you may feel some minor discomfort. Additional risks are:
What happens after the procedure?
After the test, you may need to urinate frequently, with some burning during and after urination for a day or two. Drink lots of fluids to help minimize the burning and to prevent a urinary tract infection. A pinkish tinge to the urine is also common for several days after cystoscopy, particularly if a biopsy was performed.
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