Blue light cystoscopy


A type of photodynamic assisted cancer surgery that reduces the recurrence of tumours in the bladder

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What is a blue light cystoscopy?

Blue light cystoscopy is a technique which allows for better visualisation of bladder tumours during an operation. This offers more certainty about the completeness of their removal.

Our consultants have driven the development of the technique in the UK and have been involved in pioneering work demonstrating its effectiveness.

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A fine catheter is passed down your urethra into your bladder. Hexvix solution (a photosensitiser liquid) is then put into your bladder and the catheter removed.

After one hour you undergo the cystoscopy using modified endoscopes. During the operation, cancer cells absorb the chemical and then glow red in the blue light, allowing better discrimination between tumour and normal bladder lining. This makes it easier for the consultant to remove all of the cancerous tissue.

Your consultant will tell you how best to prepare for the procedure.

You will either be discharged on the same day or one day after surgery. Discharge will only happen after you have successfully emptied your bladder.

You will have a follow-up appointment within one week of the procedure to discuss the results of any biopsies taken. You'll need to someone to collect you from the hospital as you won't be able to drive for 24 hours.

Our Blue light cystoscopy locations

London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.