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What is a rigid cystoscopy?

A rigid cystoscopy is a procedure to check for any problems in your bladder using a rigid telescope (cystoscope). Sometimes certain problems with your bladder and urinary tubes can be treated at the same time.

What are the benefits of a rigid cystoscopy?

You may be getting pain, blood in your urine or 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), or they may be able to treat the problem using the cystoscope.

Are there any alternatives to a rigid cystoscopy?

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

It is possible to have a flexible cystoscopy that needs only an anaesthetic jelly. However, certain problems with your bladder and urinary tubes cannot be treated with a flexible cystoscopy.

What does the procedure involve?

The procedure is usually performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. The procedure, including the anaesthetic, usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Your doctor will pass the cystoscope into your urethra (tube that carries urine from your bladder).

Your doctor will use the cystoscope to look for any problems in the lining of your bladder and will be able to perform biopsies. If your doctor finds a small growth or stone, it may be possible to remove it through the cystoscope.

Figure showing a rigid cystoscopy

What complications can happen?

Some of these can be serious and can even cause death.

Rigid cystoscopy complications

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Narrowing of your urethra
  • Allergic reaction
  • Making a hole in your bladder

How soon will I recover?

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

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

Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

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

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.

Summary

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

Disclaimer

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Treatment cost

The London Clinic offers affordable, competitive self-pay packages for certain treatments.

Patients have the option to spread the cost of treatment with Chrysalis Finance.

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