When evaluating bladder health and searching for causes of medical conditions, a cystoscopy test can provide invaluable information. But many women are frightened by the idea of this test, and fear that it is extremely painful. In the past, cystoscopy was performed using a rigid scope, often with a significant amount of pain. Today, the cystoscopy test uses a much smaller and less painful flex scope, and only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
A cystoscopy test can be compared to a colonoscopy, but for the bladder. The procedure allows Dr. Christi to examine the bladder lining by inserting a flex scope into the bladder, through the urethra.
The test is used to diagnose a number of urological conditions, including polyps, tumors and other abnormalities. Cystoscopy may also be indicated when a woman experiences blood in the urine, bladder irritation, overactive bladder or continuous bladder infections.
First, we take a urine sample to check for infection. Next, the medical assistant prepares the area and inserts a numbing jelly in the urethra. Once the area is numb, Dr. Christi fills the bladder with water and inserts the flex scope through the urethra into the bladder. The test is quick and we discuss the results with the patient immediately.
It is important to come to the office with a full bladder so we can take a urine sample. If you feel like you might have an infection, please let the office know before the procedure so we can treat the infection before performing the cystoscopy.
The level of discomfort can be compared to a pap smear. If you experience discomfort, we can provide medication to help. Once the procedure is complete, patients should not feel any pain. There may be a slight burning that lasts a couple of hours, but this is not a common side effect.
If you have questions about your cystoscopy test, please call our office at 281.717.4003. Dr. Christi’s team is always available to make sure you feel comfortable before coming in for your visit.