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A 38-year-old member asked:

are cystoscopies always painful, or do they only hurt if you have cancer?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Usually uncomfortabl: Performing a cystoscopy is an office procedure done with local anesthesia only. It is usually a little uncomfortable but not very painful. Having cancer does not make the procedure any more or less painful.
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Discomfort for all!: Cystoscopies are somewhat painful. The doctor performing the procedure will use numbing medication to reduce the pain, and might give you some sedation to relax you, but it's an uncomfortable procedure. Discomfort during cystoscopy does not mean you have cancer!

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