To provide you with fast, accurate diagnostic results for unexplained urology-related symptoms, Gulf Coast Urology offers the latest diagnostic testing on-site, including cystoscopy. Skilled urologists John Bertini, MD, James Harris, MD, Grant Redrow, MD, and Travis Green, MD offer cystoscopy testing at the Houston and Nassau Bay, Texas, offices, to quickly diagnose the cause of pelvic pain, blood in the urine, or the early stages of bladder cancer. Learn more about the benefits of a cystoscopy by calling Gulf Coast Urology today or by requesting an appointment online. We care for patients throughout Houston, Clear Lake, Webster, League City, Friendswood, and Southeast Houston.
A cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows your Gulf Coast Urology provider the opportunity to get a closer look at the lining of your bladder and your urethra, the tube that allows urine to leave your body.
You may need a cystoscopy to diagnose unexplained symptoms, like blood in your urine or pelvic pain. This procedure can also determine the cause of poor urinary stream or help your Gulf Coast Urology provider identify suspicious growths that may indicate bladder cancer.
The Gulf Coast Urology team offers cystoscopy on an outpatient basis for your convenience. To prepare, you need to be sure your bladder is empty.
You lie on an exam table, and your provider may use a local anesthetic to numb your urethra to prevent discomfort. They insert the slender tube that travels into your bladder. The tube contains special lenses that allow your Gulf Coast Urology physician to see the lining of your bladder up close.
To enhance their view of your bladder, your provider may add fluids to the tube to fill the bladder and stretch out the bladder walls.
If your Gulf Coast Urology provider notices any suspicious cells or growths, they can do a biopsy during the same procedure. A biopsy involves the removal of a small sample of tissue that your doctor sends to a medical lab for further evaluation.
Immediately after removal of the cystoscope, you may feel some soreness and experience burning sensations, especially during urination for up to 48 hours. It’s also common to notice some blood in your urine, which resolves on its own within a day.
Depending on the results of your cystoscopy, your Gulf Coast Urology specialist will discuss any necessary treatments or additional diagnostic testing, especially if they diagnose bladder cancer or other serious condition.
To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of a cystoscopy, schedule a consultation at Gulf Coast Urology by using the online booking feature or by calling the office nearest you.