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Cystoscopy (flexible)

A flexible cystoscopy is a procedure to check for any problems in your bladder using a flexible telescope (cystoscope). Book online today.

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There are two main types of cystoscopy: a flexible cystoscopy and a rigid cystoscopy. 

Both types of procedure involve the use of a thin tube with a light and camera at one end of it called a cystoscope. This is inserted in your urethra (the tube that carries urine out of your body) and up into your bladder to examine it. This cystoscope relays images to a monitor that your consultant can refer to as they perform the procedure. A cystoscopy can help diagnose and treat many conditions that affect your bladder, including bladder stones, recurrent UTIs, and pelvic floor dysfunction. 

This page explains everything you need to know about having a cystoscopy.

A flexible cystoscopy with Circle Health Group starts from £2,100.

Our flexible cystoscopy package prices include the cost of your surgery and all appropriate aftercare appointments. Our costs include all surgery fees and aftercare appointments with our consultants.

However, any pre-surgery diagnostic tests and your consultant’s outpatient appointment consultation fee are charged separately. We provide fixed term monthly payment plans over one to five years with no deposit required. If you decide to pay over 12 months, you will pay interest-free. If you are paying for a longer period, you will pay 9.9% APR.

Our flexible payment options help you spread the cost of your payment across a time period that suits you. More details on our flexible payment options can be found here. 

*This is a guide price for patients who are paying for their own treatment. The actual cost of your treatment will be confirmed in writing at the time of booking.

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You may be getting pain, blood in your urine or repeated infections, or you may have an irritable bladder (a sudden and uncontrolled urge to pass urine). If your doctor does see a problem during the cystoscopy, they may perform a biopsy (removing small pieces of tissue).

A scan may give some information about the cause of the problem, but a flexible cystoscopy often leads to a diagnosis. It is possible to have a rigid cystoscopy that allows your surgeon to treat certain problems with your bladder and urinary tubes. However, a rigid cystoscopy involves a general or spinal anaesthetic.

A flexible cystoscopy usually takes around five minutes to perform. To begin, your urologist will ask that you lie down on a couch with your legs apart. They will place a white sheet over the lower half of your body. Your nurse will apply a local anaesthetic gel to your urethra to numb it and help the cystoscope move along it more easily. 

Your urologist will then insert the cystoscope into your urethra and gently move it towards your bladder. They might use a specialist instrument to pump water into your bladder to see inside it more clearly. A cystoscopy should not be painful, but it can feel slightly uncomfortable. You might feel like you need to pee during the procedure, but this will only last for a few minutes. You can tell your consultant if you feel any discomfort. 

You will be able to see the images of your bladder displayed on a monitor. If your urologist finds a small growth or stone during the procedure, they might be able to remove it there and then.

After a few minutes, your urologist will remove the cystoscope and explain what they have seen on the monitor. They might be able to diagnose you straight away, or they might need more time to examine the images taken during the procedure. 

You can leave hospital on the same day as the cystoscopy, but you will need to ensure you can empty your bladder in hospital before returning home. 

There is no recovery timeline as such after a cystoscopy. You can return to normal everyday activities (including exercise, sex, and work) the day after the procedure. You might experience some side effects from the procedure, such as:

  • A burning burning stinging sensation when you pee
  • Blood in your pee, which might turn it slightly pink
  • The urge to pee more

These symptoms should last a day or two and can be managed by drinking plenty of water and taking painkillers such as paracetamol to reduce discomfort.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
  • The freedom to choose which hospital and Consultant suit your needs
  • Personalised, Consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Comfortable and safe private facilities maintained by expert multidisciplinary teams
  • Support by the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to spread the cost of your care

If you would like to learn more about this procedure, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Specialists offering Cystoscopy (flexible)

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Mr Ali Tasleem

Consultant Urologist

MB BS, BSc (Hons), MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Urol)

The Sloane Hospital 1 more Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr Nkwam Nkwam

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BSc(Hons), MB BS, MRCS(Eng), FRCS(Urol)

Shirley Oaks Hospital 2 more The Sloane Hospital Chelsfield Park Hospital

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Mr Munir Ahmed

Consultant Urological Surgeon

FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Urol) MSc (Med Ed Cardiff) MAcaMEd

The Blackheath Hospital 2 more Chelsfield Park Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Joseph Nariculam

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (Urology)

Chelsfield Park Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Rahul Lunawat

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS, MD(Clin Res), FRCS(Urol)

The Blackheath Hospital 2 more Chelsfield Park Hospital The Sloane Hospital

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Mr Guy Dawkins

Consultant Urologist

BSc, MBBS, FRCS Urol

Chelsfield Park Hospital 1 more The Sloane Hospital

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