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- Urinary tract infection
- Bladder tear or damage
- Reaction to the anesthesia
- Damage to internal tissue or structures
- Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam and medical history
- Blood and urine tests
- Imaging tests
- Aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- Blood thinners, such as warfarin
- Anti-platelets, such as clopidogrel
- Arrange for a ride home from the care center.
- If instructed by your doctor, do not eat or drink for eight hours before the procedure.
Description of Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Monitor you while you recover from the anesthesia and/or sedation
- Remove any IV needles and the catheter
- Help you to eat and move around again
- Give you pain medication
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding visitors and healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incisions
- Take medication as directed to reduce pain and the chance of infection
- Avoid difficult activity and heavy lifting
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Do not drive or have sex until your doctor says it is safe to do so
- Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions
Call Your Doctor
- Increasing pressure or pain while passing urine
- Pain in the back or abdomen
- Not able to urinate
- Changes in frequency, odor, appearance, or volume of urine
- Signs of infection, including fever or chills
- Blood or blood clots in urine after the first few days
- Painful urination or a burning sensation after the first few days
- Leaking urine
American Urological Association Foundation http://www.urologyhealth.org
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases http://www.niddk.nih.gov
Canadian Urological Association http://www.cua.org
Kidney Foundation of Canada http://www.kidney.ca
Cystoscopy and ureteroscopy. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/cystoscopy/. Updated March 28, 2012. Accessed May 22, 2013.
Cystoscopy for women. Johns Hopkins Medicine website. Available at: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test%5Fprocedures/gynecology/cystoscopy%5Ffor%5Fwomen%5F92,P07723/. Accessed May 22, 2013.
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- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 06/2013 -
- Update Date: 01/28/2014 -