You will be asked to lie down on a special bed, and your genital area will be cleaned with antiseptic solution. Local anaesthetic gel will be used to numb the urinary passage.
During the procedure, a thin (pencil-sized) lighted cystoscope is used. You will remain awake during the short procedure.
The cystoscope is slowly advanced into your bladder. You may look at the real-time video image on the television screen. The doctor will explain to you what is happening.
In our centre, we use enhanced imaging techniques called narrow band imaging and fluorescence imaging to improve diagnostic accuracy.
Cystoscopy can be uncomfortable, but it should not be painful for most patients. The entire procedure generally lasts only a few minutes. After the cystoscope is removed, you may need to go to the toilet to empty your bladder, before changing back into your own clothes.