Cystoscopy is a keyhole examination of the bladder and urethra.
The examination is carried out to see if there are any polyps, protrusions or thickening of the lining of the bladder or any ulcers in the bladder. And also to check the functioning of the valve mechanism between the bladder and the urinary tract.
The examination takes about 15 minutes and you’ll usually need local anaesthesia. It’s performed by inserting a thin tube with a lighted microscope (cystoscope) into your bladder. At the same time, saline water is injected into the bladder to show it full.
If for example you’re to have a polyp removed, you’ll have general anaesthesia. This procedure takes about 30 minutes and depending on the surgery needed, we may insert various other instruments.