WHAT IS A CYSTOSCOPY?
A cystoscopy is a non-surgical procedure done to view the interior of the bladder or urethra.
This test is used to make a diagnosis and treatment of certain medical conditions that affect urinary bladder and urethra. A cystoscope is a thin tube attached with a camera, is inserted into the urinary opening through the urethra and into the bladder. Through cystoscopy, the Urologist views the organs by monitoring live video.
WHY CYSTOSCOPY IS DONE?
A Urologist may recommend cystoscopy to investigate symptoms that involve the urethra or the urinary bladder. Symptoms such as:
- Blood in urine
- Urinary retention or inability to urinate
- Painful urination
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Frequent urination
- Pain in the pelvic region
Other investigations like X-rays, MRI or CT scans are also considered before suggesting cystoscopy.
HOW DOES CYSTOSCOPY HELP?
Cystoscopy helps the urologist identifying structural abnormalities, areas of inflammation, growths, or ulcerations and diagnose a few conditions, to name a few:
- Bladder stones
- Interstitial cystitis
- Ulcerations inside the urethra or bladder
- Growths or cancer
- Enlarged prostate
- Urethral strictures or stricture urethra
The Urologist performs cystoscopy in general anesthesia.
This procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete.
The patient can go home on the same day as the procedure.
LIMITATIONS OF CYSTOSOCPY
A cystoscopy, however, is a useful investigation tool but on the other hand, cannot diagnose all the problems involving the bladder or urethra including Urinary incontinence or neurogenic bladder or some chronic kidney disease.
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