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Rigid cystoscopy (bladder scope)

Rigid cystoscopy involves examination of the inside of your bladder using a rigid telescopic tube (cystoscope).

Rigid Surgical Urethroscope In Its Container
If you’re having bladder problems, a rigid cystoscopy could help check it.

A rigid cystoscopy is a procedure to check for any problems in your bladder using a rigid telescope (cystoscope). Sometimes certain problems with your bladder and urinary tubes can be treated at the same time.

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), or they may be able to treat the problem using the cystoscope.

A rigid cystoscopy starts from around £2,700.

Our price package includes 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.

A scan may give some information about the cause of the problem, but a cystoscopy often leads to a diagnosis.

It is possible to have a flexible cystoscopy that needs only an anaesthetic jelly. However, certain problems with your bladder and urinary tubes cannot be treated with a flexible cystoscopy.

The procedure is usually performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. The procedure, including the anaesthetic, usually takes less than 30 minutes. Your doctor will pass the cystoscope into your urethra (tube that carries urine and semen to the tip of your penis). Your doctor will pass fluid through the cystoscope and into your bladder to help them make the diagnosis.

Your doctor will use the cystoscope to look for any problems in the lining of your bladder and will be able to perform biopsies. If your doctor finds a small growth or stone, it may be possible to remove it through the cystoscope.

Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.

Rigid cystoscopy complications

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Narrowing of your urethra
  • Allergic reaction
  • Making a hole in your bladder

You should be able to go home the same day, after you have recovered from the anaesthetic and passed urine.

You should be able to return to work the day after the cystoscopy unless you are told otherwise. With regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.

In addition, the healthcare team will tell you what was found during the cystoscopy and discuss with you any treatment or follow-up you need.

Acknowledgements

Authors: Mr John Lemberger FRCS, Dr Caroline Dowling MS FRACS (Urol)

Illustrator: Medical Illustration Copyright © Nucleus Medical  Art. All rights reserved. www.nucleusinc.com

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  • Flexible appointment times and locations to fit your routine  
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  • 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.

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Mr Jacob Cherian

Consultant Urologist

MBBS, MS (Surgery), FRCS (Surgery), M Phil, Mch (Urology), FRCS (Urology).

The Highfield Hospital

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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 Nadir Osman

Consultant Urological Surgeon

MBChB(Hons), PhD, FRCS(Urol)

Thornbury Hospital

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Mr Anup Sengupta

Consultant Urologist

MBBS, MS (Surg), FRCS (Surg), MSc (Urol), FRCS (Urol)

St Edmunds Hospital

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Mr Rob Gray

Consultant Urological Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MB ChB (Hons), FRCS (Urol)

The Chiltern Hospital 1 more The Shelburne Hospital

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Mr Sudhanshu Chitale

Consultant Urological Surgeon, Hon Clinical Associate Professor (UCL)

FRCS (Urol), FEBU, DNB (Urol), Diploma Urol (Lon), FICS, FRCS (Eng), MS (Gen Surg.), MBBS, FAcadMEd

The Kings Oak Hospital 2 more The Cavell Hospital Hendon Hospital

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