What Is A Cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy usually involves a flexible instrument known as a cystoscope (a thin tube with a camera and light at the end) that is inserted into the urethra (the hole where the urine is eliminated from the body) to examine the inside of the bladder.


What Is A Cystoscopy Used To Diagnose?

A cystoscopy is used to diagnose the following in the water pipe (urethra) and bladder:


Types Of Cystoscopy

There are 2 types of cystoscopy

Flexible Cystoscopy

Rigid Cystoscopy


How Long Does Cystoscopy Take?

A flexible cystoscopy examination itself takes about five minutes and you will be able to go home straight afterwards.  The results will be discussed with you after your appointment

A rigid cystoscopy procedure itself takes only 5-10 minutes, but due the anesthesia or sedation the patient is required to spend at least half a day in the hospital.


What To Expect At Your Cystoscopy

The following steps explain what to expect at a cystoscopy appointment:



Recovering From Your Cystoscopy

There is limited recovery from flexible cystoscopy, and patients can go back to work afterwards if desired. 

Recovering from a rigid cystoscopy depends on whether a treatment has been performed or not.  In general patents will go home the same day, passing urine will be uncomfortable the first few times.  In general patients can return to work the following day.


What Are The Benefits Of Cystoscopy?

Flexible cystoscopy benefits are:


What Are The Risks Of Cystoscopy?

The risks of cystoscopy are: 

In rare cases the following risks can occur:

In extremely rare instances, or those patients in high-risk groups the following may occur:


Is A Cystoscopy Painful?

A flexible cystoscopy is uncomfortable but the procedure itself only lasts 5 minutes


How Much Does A Private Cystoscopy Cost?

The fees for a private cystoscopy comprise hospital and consultant fees.  The consultant fees for the procedure are £550