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Cystoscopy

Bladder cystoscopy

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

About

Your consultant might suggest you have a cystoscopy to help diagnose any problems in your bladder or urethra. Examples include looking for causes of infection, bleeding or to help identify the cause of incontinence or other bladder issues. The procedure is quite quick and usually takes around 10 minutes.

Need to know

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    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. If you have general anaesthetic, you'll be asleep. 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).
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    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.
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    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.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
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Our consultants

Our world-class consultants are all experts in their fields. And they're all dedicated to using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to give you the best quality, individual care.

Our facilities

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

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • 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

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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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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