Cystoscopy is a safe, effective diagnostic procedure that can diagnose and address bladder and urinary tract conditions.
What is female cystoscopy?
Cystoscopy is a surgical diagnostic procedure used to see inside the urinary bladder and urethra – a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. This minimally invasive procedure is used to diagnose, monitor and treat a variety of different conditions affecting women. Our experienced urologists frequently perform cystoscopies at our state-of-the-art facilities.
Reasons for a Cystoscopy
- Blood in the urine (Hematuria)
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Overactive bladder
- Painful urination
- Diagnose bladder cancers, stones, and bladder inflammation (cystitis)
- Treat bladder disease or conditions, such as the removal of small bladder tumours
What to expect during cystoscopy
At Centric Health, we use the most advanced digital cystoscope, which results in little-to-no pain during the procedure. Our board-certified urologist also uses narrow band illumination to increase bladder cancer detection. The procedure takes five minutes or less, however, you can expect to stay at our facility for 1-2 hours.
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.
Recovery after cystoscopy
You will be able to resume normal activities immediately after the cystoscopy. Some patients experience mild discomfort the first few times they urinate, and may see blood in their urine, feel a burning sensation, or need to urinate more frequently. These are normal side effects that can be relieved by holding a warm, moist washcloth over the opening of the urethra, or by increasing water intake to flush out the bladder.
Call your urologist if you experience:
- Heavy bleeding, or bleeding which lasts more than a few days
- Persistent pain with urination, including bladder-area pressure or flank pain
These symptoms may indicate a bladder infection, which occur in less than 1% of patients who undergo cystoscopy.
Is cystoscopy safe?
Cystoscopy is a safe and effective surgical diagnostic procedure. Millions of cystoscopies are performed around the world every year.
Get a cystoscopy with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for cystoscopy. In addition to our world-class technology, our physicians and urologists have years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centred philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.
Next steps: Book your cystoscopy consultation
If you’re ready to discuss your healthcare needs with our board-certified urologist, request a consultation today. During your appointment, your patient care advisor will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Pre- and post-operative care
- Potential risks and complications