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What is a flexible cystoscopy?

A flexible cystoscopy is a procedure to check for any problems in your bladder using a flexible telescope (cystoscope).

What are the benefits of a flexible cystoscopy?

You may be getting pain, blood in your urine, repeated infections, or you may have an irritable bladder (a sudden and uncontrolled urge to pass urine).

If your doctor does see a problem during the cystoscopy, they may perform a biopsy (removing small pieces of tissue).

Are there any alternatives to a flexible cystoscopy?

A scan may give some information about the cause of the problem but a flexible cystoscopy often leads to a diagnosis.

It is possible to have a rigid cystoscopy that allows your surgeon to treat certain problems with your bladder and urinary tubes. However, a rigid cystoscopy involves a general or spinal anaesthetic.

What does the procedure involve?

A flexible cystoscopy usually takes about 5 minutes.

They may squeeze some local anaesthetic jelly into your urethra to help prevent infection and reduce discomfort.

Your doctor will pass the cystoscope into your urethra.

Figure showing a flexible cystoscopy

Your doctor will pass fluid through the cystoscope and into your bladder to help them make the diagnosis. They will use the cystoscope to look for any problems in the lining of your bladder.

If your doctor finds a small growth or stone, it may be possible to remove it through the cystoscope.

What complications can happen?

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Narrowing of your urethra

How soon will I recover?

You should be able to go home the same day, after you have passed urine.

You should be able to return to work the day after the cystoscopy unless you are told otherwise.

The healthcare team will tell you what was found during the cystoscopy and discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

Regular exercise should improve your long-term health. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

TREATMENT COST

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments. Please call +44 (0)20 3219 3315 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

Summary

A flexible cystoscopy is usually a safe and effective way of finding out if there is a problem with your bladder.

Disclaimer

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