If you are experiencing overactive bladder, frequent urinary tract infections, or painful urination, you may benefit from a cystoscopy procedure with an Ogden Clinic urologist. A cystoscopy allows your doctor to study the lining of the bladder and the urethra, through the use of a hollow tube known as a cystoscope. The cystoscope has a lens on it in order for the doctor to view what is going on inside your bladder. The procedure can be performed in several different ways including in an exam room with a local anesthetic, as an outpatient procedure with sedation, or performed during another procedure that requires general anesthesia.
The specialists at Ogden Clinic use the cystoscopy procedure to screen and diagnose various conditions concerning the urethra and bladder. Some of these include:
During your cystoscopy procedure at Ogden Clinic you’ll be asked to first empty your bladder and then lie down on your back on the table. If you are using sedation or anesthesia, your doctor will then administer it once you are in the correct position. Once the sedation or anesthetic takes effect, the doctor will use the cystoscope to examine your urethra and bladder. A sterile solution may also be inserted into the bladder in order to inflate it and make it easier for the doctor to do a full examination. If there is any abnormal tissue found, the doctor may also take a sample to test, during the cystoscopy. Most patients can then return to their normal daily activities, depending on the level of sedation received. If you choose to have an outpatient cystoscopy, it will generally only take about 15 minutes. For those having the procedure under sedation, it will take as long as 30 minutes.
If you are concerned about your bladder health, contact a specialist at Ogden Clinic in Utah to make an appointment for your cystoscopy today.