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Is a female cystoscopy painful?

Is a female cystoscopy painful?

No: A slight bit uncomfortable is what most women would say but should not be "painful" ...Read more

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Cystoscopy (Definition)

Cystoscopy is a procedure where a small instrument called a cystoscope is inserted into the urethra and advanced into the bladder in order to visualize the ...Read more


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I'm scared for female cystoscopy- painful?

I'm scared for female cystoscopy- painful?

Medical education: Educate your self about your condition and your treatment options to include cystoscopy. Find out the risks involved with having the surgery vice not having the surgery. Write down your questions before you see your physician. Let the medical team know about your concerns. ...Read more

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Nervous for female cystoscopy- is it really painful?

No: It shouldn't be painful although there is a slight pinch initially. Not a major discomfort by any stretch of the imagination. ...Read more

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How painful is cystoscopy procedure?

How painful is cystoscopy procedure?

Not terribly: It's usually done in office without anesthesia. A bit uncomfortable, but nothing to be overly worried about. ...Read more

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Microscopic hemoturia sent me to Dr Wants to do cystoscopy. Told take about 30 minutes total. What can I expect? Not told I'll need a driver. Painful?

Here are some...: Practically, you may drive home after uneventful diagnostic cystoscopy under local anesthesia. However, social high demand for political correctness has sway many urologists to urge patient be driven home. However, if done after anxiety-easing drug, have someone drive you home. More? Ask your doc timely & follow instructions in http://formefirst.com/hematuria.html to explore info on hematuria... ...Read more

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What is a cystoscopy or ureterscopy? Are they painful?

Here are...: The involved procedures are done under anesthesia so you would not feel a thing during the procedures. Cystoscopy is used to gain access through urethra into the bladder for diagnosis as well as rx for many conditions. Ureteroscopy, with much finer ; longer instruments, is used to diagnose and treat various diseases in ureters ; kidneys. And either scope can be rigid or flexible. Detail? Ask... ...Read more

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If you need a cystoscopy, will you be knocked out when its performed? Will it be painful when you wake up? Can it fix issues while being performed?

It depends.: If you are just doing a cystoscopy, in most cases this can be done while you are awake. If the surgeon is doing another procedure at the same time through the cystoscope, then you may need additional anesthesia. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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

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

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 anymore or less painful. ...Read more

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How long is pain during urination and bleeding last after cystoscopy? I am a female.

How long is pain during urination and bleeding last after cystoscopy? I am a female.

That depends: Depending on the person doing the procedure and your anatomy as well as any possible numbing meds used for the procedure etc. Some patients do not get pain and burning, some get it and it may last a few days. Anything over 2-3 days is reason to call the Dr. and tell them your issues. ...Read more

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Painful urination. Cystoscopy normal. No infections. What could this be?

Painful urination: Infection and other anatomy changing problems within the bladder are important causes of pain but are not the only ones. Interstitial cystitis, for instance, is now more commonly recognized. Gynecological problems in women need to be rule out as well. Talk to your urologist about that and other potential causes of painful urination. ...Read more

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I had a cystoscopy and uretha dilation yesterday and the pain is getting worse! What can I do? 15 and female

I had a cystoscopy and uretha dilation yesterday and the pain is getting worse! What can I do? 15 and female

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on Healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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Having a cystoscopy done in a few days to confirm IC diagnosis. They will use some local anesthetic to guide scope. How painful will this be?

Being subjective: Sensation, I don't think it would be possible to predict your individual response and qualify it as a discomfort or pain. Having said that, it might be reassuring for you to know that application of local anesthetic gel on mucosal surface is usually very effective and a lot of patients do tolerate similar procedures without any major problems. You are the patient and you are in control, good luck. ...Read more

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Man, had a cystoscopy and now urinating is very painful. Not excrutiating but definitely uncomfortable. First day after. Normal for pain to be BAD?

Post procedure: It is normal to have some pain the day after cystoscopy, but the amount of pain may vary depending on what is wrong (why you had the procedure). If unable to void, or if this does not get better in a day, talk with your doctor! ...Read more

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Do urologists use any anesthesia for a female cystoscopy during pregnancy?

Sometimes: Depends on the patient and what they determine comfort level is. ...Read more

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Can cystoscopy cause urinary incontinence in women?

No: Cystoscopy is simply a technique to view the inside of the bladder with a video camera. It would not cause incontinence but may be part of the evaluation of incontinence in some patients. ...Read more

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I am female, and had a bladder polyp (papimillary carcinoma) taken out 2 years ago. I am going for 2nd cystoscopy, is it a polyp tumor or cancer?

I am female, and had a bladder polyp (papimillary carcinoma) taken out 2 years ago.  I am going for 2nd cystoscopy, is it a polyp tumor or cancer?

Cancer: Papillary carcinoma of the bladder is definitely not a "polyp". If the pathologist called it "papillary carcinoma", that is bladder cancer. If you've only had one cystoscopy in two years you're really not being followed according to recommended surveillance protocol. ...Read more

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Cystoscopy. Is it a big deal. Does it show disorders of Urinary tract? Is it painful when u have chronic Urethritis or stricture? Can I have it with Sedation not local topical anesthesia?

Cystoscopy: Is usually done under sedation and is not that painful. They use IV sedation and a lidocaine gel to further numb the urethra. There may be some post op burning but it usually resolves very quickly. I have personally had it done twice and tolerated it well. ...Read more

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Should i still have painful stabbing pain while urinating after three weeks of having a cystoscopy and hydrodistention done?

? UTI: You didn't mention if the hydrodistention (and I presume bladder biopsy) confirmed a DX of interstitial cystitis. If so, it could be your ic; otherwise, it might be a UTI after instrumentation. ...Read more

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I had an ecoli UTI now a painful swollen urethra & burning, but normal urinalysis, is it ok to do have a cystoscopy if I feel im very swollen?

I had an ecoli UTI now a painful swollen urethra & burning, but normal urinalysis, is it ok to do have a cystoscopy if I feel im very swollen?

Why a cystroscopy: What indications for cystoscopy? Have you had recurrent utis or other bladder related problems. Might you have a yeast infection or a std? Have you had a urine culture done since completing treatment for uti? Am sceptical about need for cysto in a healthy 27-y-o. If really needed, wait till any swelling has settled down & urine culture is negative. (staph or strep utis can occur with normal ua). ...Read more

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I have a UTI since last November. I have been on 4 anti biotics and also had a Cystoscopy (nothing was picked up). I still have blood in my urine& i have been put on antibiotics again. Now my back is painful and has a burning sensation. Any ideas?

Needs review: To have this kind of trouble means you need specialist care. Some people have many UTIs related to structural factors, (fortunately your cystoscopy looked normal), hydration status (it's important to drink, drink, drink), hygiene issues (important to pee after sex for example), bacterial or other host factors. Hopefully you can see an Infectious Diseases specialist who may be able to help. ...Read more

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My bladder neck obstacle has been removed by cystoscopy. Experiencing painful urination, flow is very weak. What can be done?

Cystoscopy: Not sure when the procedure was done, but follow up with the urologist is necessary. ...Read more

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What is a cystoscopy?

What is a cystoscopy?

An office procedure.: Cystoscopy is a procedure where a small cystoscope, about the width of a pencil, is placed into the bladder through the urethra. It is used by doctors to visualize the lining of the bladder, looking for anatomic abnormalities, stones, inflammation, and tumors. If performed in the clinic, no general anesthesia is used, only a local numbing gel. ...Read more

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Could cystoscopy hurts?

Just slight...: Cystoscopy is usually done under local anesthesia so you will not feel much pain but slight local discomfort. Of course, you're understanding, realistic expectation, and urologist's gentelness and carefulness will make a diifference in the way how you may feel. So, don't worry. Of course, ask your urologist timely.

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Does having a cystoscopy hurt?

Some discomfort: Cystoscopy involves placing a telescope into the bladder to make sure there aren't any abnormalities involving the inner surface or within the bladder. The procedure is usually done in the office and utilizes a flexible scope which is much less uncomfortable than metal rigid scopes used in the past. You may have some pressure and discomfort with insertion of the scope but lidocaine jelly is used ...Read more

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What does a cystoscopy feel like?

What does a cystoscopy feel like?

A procedure.: Cystoscopies are uncomfortable but most patients tolerate them well. Usually, a numbing gel is placed in the urethra. The initial entry of the scope is the most uncomfortable part, where it passes beyond the urethral sphincter. Irrigating fluid will enter your bladder to aid in visualization, which will feel like a fullness to the bladder. After the procedure, discomfort rapidly subsides. ...Read more

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When does someone get a cystoscopy?

Here are some...: Anyone who may be suspected to have underlying causes for recurrent UTI or tumor or urinary tract should have cystoscopy after an imaging study like US or CT or MRI. How to proceed with right care? Peruse articles listed in http://www.formefirst.com/onUTI.html, in http://www.formefirst.com/hematuria.html, & in http://www.formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html. The Best wish to health... ...Read more

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What can be seen during a cystoscopy?

What can be seen during a cystoscopy?

Lower urinary tract.: When a urologist uses a cystoscope, the inside of the bladder and urethra are inspected. Irregularities in the urinary tract lining, tumors, stones, inflammation, muscular thickening, & outpouchings called cellules & diverticula are seen. The ureteral orificies, or the outflow from the kidneys, are visible. In males, the inside of the prostate, and nodular enlargement can be seen. ...Read more