If you experience urinary problems such as painful urination, a cystoscopy procedure can help. The friendly and professional OB/GYN team at the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center in Loganville, Georgia, offers outpatient cystoscopy procedures to diagnose, monitor, and treat urinary issues. To schedule your cystoscopy, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Cystoscopy is a procedure that allows your provider at the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center to visually examine the inside of your bladder and urethra. The urethra is a tube in your urinary tract through which urine flows from your bladder to exit your body.
This procedure uses a cystoscope, which is a thin, specialized instrument with a camera and light on the end. Your doctor gently inserts the cystoscope into your urethra and slowly advances it into your bladder.
The team at the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center uses cystoscopy to diagnose, monitor, and treat various conditions that affect the urethra and bladder. They may recommend a cystoscopy to investigate urinary problems such as:
Cystoscopy can reveal and treat many conditions, such as blockages, stones, or growths in your bladder or urethra.
If treatment is necessary, your doctor may use tiny surgical instruments to remove small growths or stones through the cystoscope tube. They may also remove a small tissue sample to test in a lab.
Your provider at the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center explains how to prepare for a cystoscopy. You may need to provide a urine sample, so it’s best to wait until you get to the appointment to empty your bladder.
If you have a UTI or have trouble fighting off infections, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for you to take before and after the procedure.
The length of time your cystoscopy takes depends on the details of your procedure. Most cystoscopies last anywhere from 5-30 minutes.
During the procedure, you lie on your back with your feet in supports, similar to a Pap test. You may receive a sedative and local or general anesthesia. Your provider discusses the best options for anesthesia before your cystoscopy.
Your doctor inserts the cystoscope into your urethra and carefully pushes it into your bladder. Depending on your specific needs, they may also insert surgical tools or take a tissue sample.
Afterward, you can go home but should plan to rest for the day. You should avoid heavy lifting and sex until your tissues heal. Your doctor gives you instructions on how to care for yourself at home.
For convenient cystoscopy procedures without a hospital visit, call the Tubal Ligation Reversal Center or book an appointment online.