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What are the side effects of having a cystoscopy?
Complications of cystoscopy can include:
- Infection. Rarely, cystoscopy can introduce germs into your urinary tract, causing an infection.
- Bleeding. Cystoscopy might cause some blood in your urine.
- Pain. After the procedure, you might experience abdominal pain and a burning sensation when you urinate.
How long does it take to heal from cystoscopy?
These symptoms should get better in 1 or 2 days. You will probably be able to go back to work or most of your usual activities in 1 or 2 days. This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace.
Should I be worried about a cystoscopy?
People often worry that a cystoscopy will be painful, but it does not usually hurt. Tell your doctor or nurse if you feel any pain during it. It can be a bit uncomfortable and you may feel like you need to pee during the procedure, but this will only last a few minutes.
Can a cystoscopy damage your bladder?
There’s also a risk your bladder could be damaged by the cystoscope, but this is rare. Speak to your doctor or nurse about the possible risks of the procedure before having it.
Is there an alternative to a cystoscopy?
There are no real alternatives to cystoscopy. Imaging studies such as ultrasound or CT can miss small lesions such as tumours. For this reason, a cystoscopy is recommended for anyone who has bladder symptoms such as bleeding.
Why would a urologist order a cystoscopy?
During a cystoscopy, a urinary tract specialist (urologist) uses a scope to view the inside of the bladder and urethra. Doctors use cystoscopy to diagnose and treat urinary tract problems. These problems include bladder cancer, bladder control issues, enlarged prostates and urinary tract infections.
Can cystoscopy cause permanent damage?
A complication unique to cystoscopy is the risk of perforation or a tear. A perforation can occur anywhere along the urinary tract-the urethra or bladder. A Foley catheter (a flexible rubberized tube) can be placed into the bladder to divert urine from the bladder and urethra while a perforation heals.
Can cystoscopy cause damage to urethra?
Cystoscopic procedures can create scar tissue. This tissue can cause a stricture, or narrowing, in the urethra, which may cause difficulties during urination. Sometimes an additional cystoscopic procedure is necessary to remove the scar tissue.