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Diagnostic examination of the urethra and bladder
A cystoscopy is a procedure that involves the examination of the urethra and bladder to determine the cause of underlying problems. An experienced consultant gently passes a narrow, flexible, telescopic camera, known as a cystoscope, into the bladder via the urethra.
A cystoscopy is often advised when experiencing any of the following symptoms:
A cystoscopy can also be used to diagnose or treat conditions such as:
A cystoscopy is generally performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. With local anaesthetic a numbing gel will be applied to the urethra and in the case of sedation, an injection will be used. Whilst lying on your back, the consultant will insert a narrow, flexible, telescopic camera (cystoscope) up through the urethra and into the bladder. A sterile solution will then be slowly pumped into the bladder to provide greater visibility of the bladder lining.
Images from the cystoscope are relayed onto a screen, enabling the consultant to guide the camera, make assessments and identify any potential abnormalities. Additional procedures can be carried out at the same time, including the removal of bladder stones, ureteric stents or a tissue biopsy.
The procedure usually takes about 10 to 20 minutes
Guide price: £1,250
**Guide prices may vary following consultation
|What’s included?||Hospital Only Fixed Price Package|
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Expected length of stay: Day case procedure