What is a cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to examine the lining of your:

  • Bladder
  • Urethra (Tube that carries urine out of the body)

How it works

A thin, hollow tube called a cystoscope is inserted into your urethra and slowly advanced into your bladder. This tube is equipped with a camera and light to check for any bleeding, blockages or growths

There are two types of cystoscopy:

  1. Flexible cystoscopy uses a soft and flexible instrument. It is a basic diagnostic procedure that is done under local anaesthesia.
  2. Rigid cystoscopy uses a wider cystoscope that does not bend. It can be used for diagnosis and treatment at the same time. This procedure is done under spinal or general anaesthesia.

Why do you need a cystoscopy?

If you're prone to frequent urinary tract infections, have unexplained blood in the urine or experience difficulty urinating, your doctor may recommend a cystoscopy. A cystoscopy is helpful in assessing and diagnosing:

  • Bladder conditions, such as urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (in both adults and children), overactive bladders, and pain while peeing.
  • Bladder diseases, such as bladder cancer, bladder stones and bladder inflammation (cystitis).
  • Prostate conditions such as an enlarged prostate.

Apart from spotting these issues, your doctor can help to remove small tumours during the procedure.

What are the risks and complications of a cystoscopy?

A cystoscopy is generally considered safe. However, there are some minor risks such as:

  • Allergic reactions. You may develop a reaction to the anaesthetic used.
  • Infections. In rare cases, a cystoscopy can introduce germs into the urinary tract, leading to infection. To prevent this, antibiotics may be prescribed before and after the procedure.
  • Bleeding due to catheter insertion. Some blood in the urine may be expected in the first 24 hours.
  • Stomach pain or soreness in the urethra. You may experience mild stomach discomfort or a burning sensation when urinating. These symptoms should not last more than 48 hours.

When to visit the UCC?

If you develop any of the following symptoms after cystoscopy, please call 6473 2222 to visit our UCC immediately:

  • Fever
  • Bloody urine that lasts for more than 48 hours
  • Pain that persists for more than 48 hours

Why Choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

Backed by a comprehensive suite of medical services and exemplary clinical standards, Mount Elizabeth is known in Singapore and abroad as the healthcare institution of choice for patients seeking prompt and effective treatment.

Our two established private hospitals combine modern facilities with technical know-how and medical expertise, offering patient-centric care that is dedicated to your needs, comfort, and privacy.

Estimated cost

Private healthcare can be affordable. Use our Hospital Bill Estimator to determine the estimated cost of this procedure. If you have hospital insurance, find out how you can use your insurance.

Our urologists

Our skilled urologists are experienced in performing cystoscopy and are supported by a team of healthcare professionals and dedicated nursing staff to care for your recovery.

Please check with your insurance provider for more information, and for their most up-to-date list of panel doctors.

^Specialists may qualify to be on the Extended Panel (EP). You may enjoy selected panel benefits depending on your policy and riders.
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