A cystoscopy is an office procedure where the bladder is examined directly with a camera. The procedure usually takes less than 3 minutes to complete.
This procedure is done for a variety of reasons. Common reasons to recommend a cystoscopy include blood in the urine, removal of stents that are placed at the time of kidney stone procedures and evaluation of the prostate or bladder in men and women prior to surgery.
Cystoscopy is associated with a couple of important risks including infection in the bladder, blood in the urine, and short term discomfort after the procedure due to irritation from the scope. There is no patient preparation required for a cystoscopy. There are no limitations on eating or drinking prior to this procedure. There are no limitations on medications such as blood thinners prior to this procedure.
Even though this procedure sounds uncomfortable, most patients don’t require any additional anesthesia other than some lidocaine infused lubricant. If the thought of this procedure gives you anxiety, we are happy to prescribe a low dose anti-anxiety medication that can be taken prior to the procedure. Every patient’s out of pocket costs will be different depending on their insurance and their deductible. Please call our office to find out the exact cost. At Urology Specialists of Oregon, there is not a facility fee associated with your cystoscopy procedure.