Blue light cystoscopy

Photodynamic cystoscopy

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

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.

Need to know

  • What happens during a blue light cystoscopy? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will tell you how best to prepare for the procedure.
  • After your cystoscopy icon plus

    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 urology consultants

We're proud to work with leading urology experts who specialise in problems and conditions of the bladder, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex bladder surgery to diagnostic tests and minor procedures, we provide exceptional urological care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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