What to Expect When Having a Cytoscopy

CYSTOSCOPY = a procedure where a very small fiber optic telescope is placed into the urethra (pee channel) and up into the bladder. This image is viewed on monitor by surgeon to look for abnormalities.

Cytoscopy

Cytoscopy

WHERE TO GO

The procedure is usually done in the Ambulatory department of Ridge Meadows Hospital. You register at the main registration desk and then they will direct you to the Ambulatory department with is on the basement level below the emergency department.
You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to check in and change before your appointment time.

THE PROCEDURE

You will be asked to change into a gown. You will then be brought into the examination room where the surgeon and one or two nurses will be waiting. You will lye on you back on the exam bed. For men you will lye with your legs straight. Women will be in the frog leg position.
Freezing jelly will be placed into the urethra (pee channel) to numb the channel. Then the surgeon into the urethra and bladder will insert a small scope. The findings of the exam will be described throughout the procedure.

WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE

You may have a small amount of burning when you go pee afterwards. This should improve after a few voids. You may also see a small amount of blood in your pee. This is normal and should resolve after a few voids.

WHAT TO NOTIFY THE DOCTOR ABOUT

Some potential complications are ongoing burning or pain with urination. If this occurs you should let your doctor know if it is getting worse after 24-48 hours. This could be a sign of an infection. Also if the bleeding continues to get worse after 24-48 hours you should contact your doctor.