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Flexible Cystoscopy & Urodynamics Study

Flexible Cystoscopy & Urodynamics Study

  • No special preparation is required and you should be able to return to normal activity afterwards.
  • No admission is needed
  • No need for starvation
  • No need for anaesthesia.
Local anaesthetic jelly is inserted into the outer opening (urethra) and left for a few minutes to take effect. There are NO needles involved. The doctor examines the urethra and bladder using a thin instrument like a telescope (cystoscope). Sterile water flows in to allow a better view of the bladder walls – you may become aware of your bladder filling. A small tissue sample (biopsy) might be taken.

The examination only takes a few minutes and you will be able to dress and use the toilet again.

Following a flexible cystoscopy you may experience the following:

  • Discomfort or a burning sensation when passing urine – drink extra fluids for the next 2-3 days.
  • Taking Citralka syrup may also help to relieve these symptoms
  • You might pass urine more frequently for a few days.
  • Your urine may be a little blood stained – drink extra fluids until this clears.
You will be told the results of the cystoscopy and of any follow-up arrangements before you leave.

Urodynamics Study

What is a Urodynamics study?


It is a test which gives us more information about how your bladder is working and to find out what is causing your bladder problems.

Getting ready for this test:

  • There is no need to fast for the test.
  • A frequency/volume chart will be given. It is essential that you complete this chart and bring it with you to your appointment. This chart will provide important facts about your bladder size, how often you need to pass urine and any episodes of wetting.
  • This chart is a very important part of your preparation for the test as this will help to find out what is the problem with your bladder. Fill it out as well as you can for three days.
  • Please do not pass urine before the test so your bladder is full.
  • The test will take about 45 minutes.

The Test:

  • The doctor will take a medical history.
  • Then you will be asked to pass urine into a special toilet that measures the amount and rate at which you pass urine.
  • The doctor/nurse will then pass a small rectal tube into your back passage.
  • A fine tube called a catheter is passed through your water passage into the bladder. This catheter is used to slowly fill your bladder with water.
  • The tubes do not cause any pain but will cause an unusual feeling or mild discomfort.
  • The doctor will ask you to cough every minute, this is to check for any leaks from your bladder.
  • When your bladder feels really full you will be asked to pass urine.
  • When the procedure is completed the tubes will be removed.
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