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Cystoscopy with Stent Insertion

A doctor may evaluate bladder problems using a cystoscope, which is thin like a pencil with a light at the tip and a lens much like a microscope. This procedure is often used for the following conditions:

  • Frequent urinary tract infections
  • Blood in the urine
  • Loss of bladder control or overactive bladder
  • Unusual cells from urine sample
  • Need for a bladder catheter
  • Painful urination, chronic pelvic pain or cysts
  • Urinary blockage
  • Stone in the urinary tract
  • Unusual growth, polyp, tumor or cancer

To begin the test, a urine sample will be collected to check for infection.

Your doctor will discuss the different anesthesia options that are available to you for this procedure. 

A cystoscope will be placed into your uretha and gently moved into the bladder. Water or saline will flow through the cystoscope to fill and stretch out your bladder so the doctor has a better view.

This should only take a few minutes unless the doctor finds a stone, decides to remove the stone or takes a biopsy. The total length of time for the exam is 15 to 20 minutes. 

You may have a mild burning sensation after you urinate or see small amounts of blood in your urine. This should not last for more than 24 hours.

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