Have you ever wondered how doctors get a closer look at your bladder and urinary tract? Well, wonder no more – it’s called a cystoscopy, and it’s a key tool in diagnosing and treating various urological conditions. Let’s take a peek inside the world of cystoscopy to understand what it’s all about.

What is a Cystoscopy?

Simply put, a cystoscopy is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera (called a cystoscope) is inserted into the urethra and guided into the bladder. It’s like a mini submarine exploring the depths of your urinary system, allowing doctors to see any potential issues up close.

Why is it Done?

Cystoscopy is used to diagnose and treat a range of urological problems, including:

  • Bladder Stones: Small, hard deposits in the bladder that can cause pain and discomfort.
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Infections in the urinary system that may require further investigation.
  • Blood in the Urine (Hematuria): Finding the source of bleeding in the urinary tract.
  • Bladder Tumors: Abnormal growths in the bladder that need to be examined and, if necessary, removed.
  • Urinary Incontinence: Assessing the structure and function of the bladder and urethra to determine the cause of leakage.

The Procedure

During a cystoscopy, you’ll lie down on a table, and your doctor will gently insert the cystoscope into your urethra. Don’t worry – they’ll use a numbing gel or medicine to make it as comfortable as possible. As the cystoscope is advanced into your bladder, your doctor will inspect the walls and look for any abnormalities using the camera attached to the scope. If necessary, they can take tissue samples (biopsies) or perform treatments right then and there.

After the Procedure

Once the cystoscopy is done, you might feel a bit of discomfort or a burning sensation when you pee, but that should go away quickly. You can usually go home the same day and get back to your normal activities. Your doctor will discuss the findings with you and recommend any further tests or treatments if needed.

Final Thoughts

While the thought of a cystoscopy might sound intimidating, it’s a safe and valuable procedure that can provide valuable insights into your urological health. If your doctor recommends a cystoscopy, don’t hesitate to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. Remember, your comfort and well-being are their top priorities, and they’re there to help you every step of the way.

Our new urologist, Dr. MacDonald, can discuss these issues and perform this procedure right here at Kane County Hospital. You can call KCH Specialty Group at 435-644-4115 to schedule an appointment with him.