Private Cystoscopy

A cystoscopy is a procedure used to see inside your bladder to diagnose any problems in your urethra or bladder

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What is a cystoscopy?

Your consultant might suggest you have a cystoscopy to help diagnose any problems in your bladder or urethra. They may be looking for causes of infection, bleeding or to help identify the cause of incontinence or other bladder issues.

A cystoscopy is usually undertaken as a day case procedure in a treatment suite.

HCA UK offer this procedure in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Need to know

Your cystoscopy may be carried out under local anaesthetic (flexible cystoscopy for outpatients) or general anaesthetic or sedation (day case admission to hospital).

For local anaesthetic, a gel will numb the area around your urethra. For sedation, you'll have an injection. You'll be lying on your back when your consultant gently inserts the cystoscope (a thin tube with a camera) into your urethra.

The cystoscope creates an image of inside of your bladder on screen. Sometimes sterile water is pumped into your bladder to give a clearer picture. Your consultant may take a tissue sample (biopsy).

A cystoscopy isn't right for everyone so your consultant will ask you questions to make sure it's the appropriate treatment for you. You might have to give a urine sample. If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), you won't be able to have a bladder cystoscopy until the infection has been treated.

Your consultant will also let you know which type of cystoscopy you need to have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects. Your consultant will explain these to you.

If you're having a general anaesthetic or a sedative, you should arrange for someone to take you home.

You can usually leave the hospital straight after your cystoscopy but you might need to wait a few hours or, in occasional cases, stay overnight.

Your consultant will prescribe you an antibiotic to help stop any infections developing after the procedure. If your consultant has taken a biopsy, you may have a little discomfort and blood in your urine for a short while afterwards. You might feel some discomfort and bloating but these symptoms should disappear quite quickly.

If you feel any pain or ongoing discomfort, let your consultant know. Sometimes you may be able to get your results straight after your procedure but it may take a few days.


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Our Cystoscopy locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Prostate Centre

The Prostate Centre

18 Devonshire Street W1G 7AQ London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London