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In this procedure, a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope is used to examine the inner surface of the bladder for abnormalities. The cystoscope is gently inserted through the urethra and into the bladder. The procedure usually takes from 5 to 20 minutes.
In addition to giving doctors clear view of a visible bladder tumor, a cystoscopy also permits doctors to perform 2 other diagnostic tests that may be used for certain patients:
Preparing for a Cystosocpy
Your doctor will tell you whether you will receive general or local anesthesia. If the cystoscopy is to be performed under general anesthesia, you will be asked to not eat or drink for a specific amount of time before the procedure. If it will be done under local anesthesia, you can eat as you would normally.
Tell your doctor if you are taking:
Check with your doctor to find out if you need to stop any of these medications prior to your procedure.
Your doctor may order certain blood or urine tests. If you suspect that you may have a urinary tract infection, please tell your doctor so that proper antibiotics can be prescribed before your surgery.
The Day of Your Exam
After Your Cystoscopy
If you received general anesthesia, you will need to rest for 24 hours following the procedure. During that time, do not drive or use any machinery. Your doctor will tell you about any physical limitations you may have.
You most likely will feel a burning sensation when you urinate, but this should go away quickly.
Call your doctor immediately if: