WHAT IS A CYSTOSCOPY?

Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure used to see inside the urinary bladder and urethra. This minimally invasive procedure is used to diagnose, monitor and treat a variety of different conditions affecting both men and women.

Your doctor might recommend cystoscopy to:

Investigate causes of signs and symptoms.

  • blood in the urine
  • incontinence
  • overactive bladder
  • painful urination
  • determine the cause of frequent urinary tract infections

Diagnose bladder diseases and conditions.

  • bladder cancer
  • bladder stones
  • bladder inflammation (cystitis)

Treat bladder diseases and conditions.

Special tools can be passed through the cystoscope to treat certain conditions. For example, very small bladder tumors might be removed during cystoscopy.

Diagnose an enlarged prostate.

Cystoscopy can reveal a narrowing of the urethra where it passes through the prostate gland, indicating an enlarged prostate (BPH).

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HOW IS IT DONE?

After emptying your bladder, you’ll be instructed to lie flat on your back. The cystoscope is inserted into your urethra and slowly advanced into your bladder. In order to minimize discomfort, you will be asked to take long, slow, deep breaths to relax your pelvic floor. The urologist will inspect your bladder and urethra, and you may be given an antibiotic if you are at increased risk of infection.

Cystoscopy may be done in our clinic, using a local anesthetic jelly to numb your urethra. A simple outpatient cystoscopy can take five to 15 minutes.

At Steinberg Urology, we use a high definition digital cystoscope, which results in little-to-no pain during the procedure. Our urologists also use narrow band illumination to increase bladder cancer detection.

RESULTS

Your doctor will be able to discuss the results immediately after your procedure.

If your cystoscopy involved collecting a biopsy to test for bladder cancer, that sample will be sent to a lab. When the tests are complete, your doctor will let you know the results and decide if you need to have more tests, procedures, follow-up care or treatment.

RISKS & COMPLICATIONS

  • Infection. Rarely, cystoscopy can introduce bacteria into your urinary tract, causing an infection. To prevent infection, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics to take before and after your cystoscopy.
  • Bleeding. Cystoscopy might cause some blood in your urine. Serious bleeding occurs rarely.
  • Pain. You might experience abdominal pain and a burning sensation when urinating. These symptoms are generally mild and gradually decrease after the procedure.
  • Urinary retention. Sometimes patients are unable to urinate after the procedure and may require catheterization.

Men and women from across Quebec and Ontario choose Steinberg Urology for rapid access and the quality of services. In addition to offering cutting-edge technologies, our urologists have years of experience and are committed to providing unparalleled service.

Our modern facilities and philosophy of putting the patient at the heart of our practice ensure you have a positive experience with each visit. Our mission is to help you improve your health and well-being in a professional and confidential environment.

Cystoscopy CAN BE ONE OF THE EFFICIENT TOOLS TO DIAGNOSE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS

Condition

Benign Prostate Hyperplasia

Condition

Bladder Cancer

Condition

Bladder Infection

Condition

Bladder Stones

Condition

Blood in urine (Hematuria)

Condition

Cystitis (UTI)

Condition

Female Incontinence

Condition

Interstitial Cystitis

Condition

Male Incontinence

Condition

Overactive bladder

Condition

Urethritis

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At Steinberg Urology we pride ourselves on our compassionate care we offer to those facing challenges that affect their quality of life. Our urologists have years of experience and a commitment to excellence.

If you need to discuss this sensitive medical concern, schedule a consultation at our clinic in a safe confidential environment. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional setting.

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