Rigid Cystoscopy

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A rigid cytoscopy is an inspection of the bladder with a thin telescope.

We insert this telescope in through the penis in males, and the urethra in females, and inspect the bladder.

If we find an abnormality in the bladder, it is easy to do a biopsy where we take a little sample off the tissue and send this for analysis.

A rigid cytoscopy also allows us to treat any abnormalities that we find, such as stones or polyps or tumours.

We can also perform a retrograde pyelogram.

With this, we place a little catheter into the ureteric orifice, which is the tube that comes from the kidney to the bladder.

We inject some dye, and do some x-rays during the procedure to detect any abnormalities in the tube that lines the kidney to the bladder.

So, rigid cytoscopy is a relatively straight forward procedure.

Patients usually have some burning and discomfort, which lasts a day, very rarely longer than that.

If we do some biopsies, you can have some bleeding which may last a day or so.