A cystoscopy is a non-invasive procedure that can diagnose a number of bladder problems that includes an overactive bladder, stress incontinence, recurring UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections), blood in the urine, tumors, benign and malignant growths, bladder stones, urethral blockage, pain or pressure when urinating, and enlarged prostate glands. A cystoscopy can also allow your Glendora General Surgeon to take samples of tissue to determine if there is an infection or tumors, to remove small tumors, to remove any visible stones, to determine if there are any kidney problems, and to help resolve urine blockages by inserting small tubes.
- For an exploratory cystoscopy, a flexible scope is used that lets the surgeon examine the urethra through a lens as it passes through to the bladder. For male patients, the surgeon is also able to view the prostate glands. For a more thorough examination of the entire bladder, the organ is filled with a sterile solution during the process and then drained at the completion of the procedure.
- For a treatment cystoscopy, the entry process is the same as for a flexible scope, but a more rigid scope is used that has openings where medical instruments can pass through. The entire bladder area can be viewed through the scope, and this enables the surgeon to remove bladder stones, take bladder tissue samples, and remove and resection bladder and prostate tumors. Areas where the surgeon takes tissue samples or removes stones and tumors are cauterized to stop any bleeding.
The surgeon will instruct you about after cystoscopy care, when you can resume normal daily activities, and when to schedule a follow-up office appointment.