What Does a Cystoscopy Feel Like?

Frequent urinary tract infections are problematic. There’s the discomfort, the disruption to your life, and the worry that there could be a serious underlying problem. 

In such cases the doctors at Gulf Coast Urology, Dr. John Bertini and Dr. James Harris, often recommend a diagnostic test called a cystoscopy. If you have frequent issues with urination, and over-the-counter medications don’t work well for you, a cystoscopy may be the best way to get answers. 

Cystoscopy: What is it, anyway? 

When you have a cystoscopy, your urologist uses a thin tube with a light and a camera on it to examine the inside of your urinary tract. This device is called a cystoscope — giving the procedure its name. Your doctor can see the inside of your urethra and your bladder clearly during a cystoscopy. 

Who should have a cystoscopy? 

There are lots of different conditions that can affect your bladder. If you need to urinate often, urination is painful, have frequent bladder infections, have blood in your urine, or you have unexplained pelvic pain, a cystoscopy could help your doctor pinpoint the cause of your problem. 

A cystoscopy can help the doctor accurately diagnose whatever is affecting your ability to urinate normally.

What should I do before a cystoscopy

One of the most important things you need to know about preparing for a cystoscopy is that you need to drink plenty of water. You need to provide a urine sample before the procedure, so be ready for that. If you’re taking medication for an infection be sure you continue taking it as directed before your appointment. 

Cystoscopy is an outpatient procedure, so you won’t be admitted to the hospital. If you’re a woman, you’ll lie on your back on a table with your feet in stirrups during the procedure. Your doctor may provide a sedative or anesthesia in order for you to remain comfortable during the procedure, which usually lasts anywhere from 5-30 minutes. 

Once the procedure is complete, you should plan to rest for the remainder of the day. Don’t exercise, lift anything heavy, or have sex until your tissues have fully healed. Our staff provides thorough instructions. Following them will help you have a fast, smooth recovery. 

Schedule your appointment today

If you’re ready to find out why you have consistent issues urinating, book your appointment at Gulf Coast Urology today. A cystoscopy, which is a quick, outpatient procedure could offer a solution that makes your life far more comfortable. 

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