Bladder Endoscopy in Metro Atlanta

Cystoscopy procedure.

A cystoscopy is a medical procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside of your bladder and urethra using a thin, flexible tube with a camera. It is typically done to diagnose or monitor conditions affecting the urinary tract.

You may need a cystoscopy to investigate symptoms like blood in the urine, frequent urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence, bladder stones, or to monitor a known condition like bladder cancer.

Cystoscopy is usually not very painful, but it may cause some discomfort or mild pain. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic or numbing gel to minimize discomfort during the procedure.

The cystoscope is inserted through your urethra into your bladder. The camera on the cystoscope allows the doctor to view the inside of your bladder on a screen. You may be asked to empty your bladder before the procedure.

During the procedure, you may feel a sensation of fullness or discomfort as the cystoscope is inserted into your bladder. The doctor may also introduce a sterile saline solution to expand the bladder for better visualization.

A cystoscopy typically takes 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the purpose of the procedure and whether any treatments or biopsies are necessary.

Cystoscopy is generally considered safe, but there can be risks, including infection, bleeding, or injury to the urinary tract. Your doctor will discuss these risks with you before the procedure.

Your doctor may give you specific instructions, but you might need to fast for a few hours before the procedure. It’s important to let your healthcare provider know about any medications you are taking or if you have any allergies.

In most cases, you should be able to drive yourself home after a cystoscopy, as the effects of the anesthesia or numbing gel used are usually short-lived. However, it’s a good idea to have someone available to pick you up if you are uncomfortable or experience unexpected side effects.

After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, such as a burning sensation during urination. This usually resolves within a day or two. Your doctor will discuss any findings and potential follow-up steps with you.

It’s essential to discuss any specific concerns or questions you have about the cystoscopy procedure with your healthcare provider, as they can provide personalized information based on your medical history and the purpose of the procedure.

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