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A Cystoscope Is an thin telescope called an Endoscope which is passed into the bladder via the Urethra enabling the patient's bladder and Urethra to be examined. This procedure is called a Cystoscopy.

A Cystoscope is a specialised Endoscope allowing for direct visual inspection of the Urothelium. The Cystoscope is inserted through the Urethra into the bladder. The endoscopy can be performed immediately after the Cystoscope has been introduced into the bladder and the pictures generated by the integrated camera are transmitted onto a nearby video screen, or by direct lens view without a screen. Cystoscopy can be performed with a local anaesthetic - usually for outpatients - or under general anaesthesia. Most Cystoscopes have extra tubes to guide other instruments for taking a biopsy of a bladder tumour or removal of superficial bladder tumours.


There are two different types of Cystoscope; the standard rigid Cystoscope and the flexible Cystoscope. The three major manufacturers of Cystoscopes and Cystoscopy equipment are Karl Storz, Richard Wolf and Olympus. All three provide the necessary equipment for both standard white light Cystoscopy and Fluorescence Cystoscopy.


Although this procedure sounds as if it would be painfull it is not as the Urethra is very elastic and in a female approximately 4cms. it is considerably longer in a male!

Having had the procedure conducted on me many times I can assure you that unpleasant, unnatural and unusual best describe the feeling rather than painfull and although I joke with others that it is as easy as shelling peas it is only afterwards it is like peeing shells! This lasts only, I find, for the first urination subsequent to the flexible Cystoscopy.

I would however stress that you best serve yourself and the doctor by relaxing thus minimising any chance of discomfort or possible damage.

User: Greg L-W.

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