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Bladder Investigations (Cystoscopy)

A cystoscopy is an examination of the bladder and can be performed either using a flexible cystoscope or a rigid cystoscope, designed to either investigate symptoms or confirm a diagnosis.

A flexible cystoscope is a this, flexible tube like telescope which is used by surgeons to gain a clear view of the affected area. The tube is inserted into the urethra and into the bladder. 

This procedure is ideal for investigation and diagnosis of various bladder conditions, the surgeon may take a number of biopsies during the same procedure. The biopsies (samples of tissues) ate then sent for examination and the results discussed in depth with the patient.

This procedure requires a local anaesthetic and the patient will be allowed home on the same day as the procedure. 

A rigid cystoscope is a firm instrument with a light and a camera lens at the tip which is inserted into the urethra into the bladder to investigate, collect biopsies and allow surgical work to be completed in the same procedure. Surgical instruments can be led down the cystoscope for these small surgeries.

This procedure requires a general anaesthetic and the patient will stay in the hospital for one night after the procedure.

A cystoscopy is a commonly performed procedure. The consultant will discuss all of the available options prior to any procedure and advise on the favoured option.

It is common for patients to experience blood in the urine for one day following a flexible cystoscopy and for a further two weeks if a rigid cystoscopy has been performed.

Any questions that arise before and after the procedure can be discussed with the consultant at any time. 

This procedure will normally be covered by the medical insurance policy but patients are advised to check with the provider prior to any treatment.

If the patient is paying for their own treatment all costs will be discussed and explained prior to any treatment taking place. This will be confirmed in writing along with any surgeon fees, anaesthetist fees and hospital charges prior to admission.


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