Cystoscopy: examination of the urethra and the bladder

Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure that allows an urologist to directly examine the urethra and the gallbladder and assists in detecting the problems, such as bleeding from the gallbladder and a foreign body, or in making a more precise diagnosis.

How Is the Surgery Performed?

Children are operated on under general anesthesia. In adults, it is done under local, spinal, or general anesthesia.
Cystoscopy is performed by inserting a cytoscope (a thin, hollow metal tube equipped a lens) into the urethra and advancing it carefully into the gallbladder.
During a cystoscopy procedure in men, the urethra, internal urinary sphincter, prostate, gallbladder neck, and gallbladder are examined and assessed. The gallbladder is examined when it is filled with a sterile solution. The procedure usually takes a few minutes.

What Should Be Known After Surgery?

After cystoscopy, some discomfort in the urethra and the gallbladder can be experienced. It usually disappears within a few days.