Diagnostic Cystoscopy at Lowcountry Urology Clinics

The physicians of Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC are skilled in the practice of diagnostic cystoscopy of the urinary bladder and urethra. We invite referring physicians to consider us for their patients who may benefit from this procedure.

As a service to our referring physicians, Lowcountry Urology Clinics would like to present some basic information on diagnostic cystoscopy that you may wish to share with your patients.

Definition of Cystoscopy

Cystoscopy is a kind of endoscopy, meaning that the Urologist inserts a tiny camera or telescope into the body. In this case, the cystoscope is inserted through the urethra to examine the urinary bladder.

Diagnostic cystoscopy is typically performed using local anesthesia, while surgical cystoscopy may require general anesthesia.

Purpose of Diagnostic Cystoscopy

The Urologist may wish to perform diagnostic cystoscopy to study instances of urinary tract infections, blood in the urine, bladder control issues, unusual cells found in the urine, painful urination, prostate issues, bladder stones, polyps, tumors or cancer. Diagnostic cystoscopy may also be used in conjunction with placement of a bladder catheter.

Details of the Diagnostic Cystoscopy Procedure

The Urologist gently inserts the tip of the cystoscope into the urethra and slowly glides it up into the bladder. Pain is more common among male patients, due to the length and narrowness of their urethra. Sterile fluid flows through the scope to fill the bladder to capacity, giving the Urologist a better view of the bladder walls. This often causes some discomfort, as well as the urge to “go.”

In most cases the diagnostic cystoscopy procedure takes about 20 minutes.

Choose Lowcountry Urology Clinics for Your Patients

For your patients who require a diagnostic cystoscopy procedure, Lowcountry Urology Clinics of Charleston SC is a referral you can make with confidence. Contact us today!