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Blue light crystoscopy

Photodynamic crystoscopy

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

About

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 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.
  • Afterwards 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.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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