Investigations: Cystoscopy

Cystoscopy is a simple telescopic examination of the bladder and urethra (the tube through which you pass urine). The telescope is approximately 5mm wide and the procedure is can either be performed under local anaesthetic so that you are awake or it can be performed under general anaesthesia so that you are asleep. A cystoscopy is performed to see if the bladder is healthy. 

The examination takes just a few minutes. Sometimes a biopsy (sample of tissue) is taken from the lining of the bladder to test for abnormalities. 

The examination causes minimal discomfort, but you may notice a slight burning sensation on passing urine for the next 24 hours. There is a slight risk of urine infection.