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What happens during cystoscopy for people with urinary problems?

Using a lighted telescope at the end of a thin tube called a cystoscope, your doctor can inspect the inside of your urethra and bladder for signs of infection, abnormal growths, bladder stones, scarring, or improperly placed stitches from previous surgeries. Cystoscopy is used in both men and women, but it is easier for women to undergo comfortably because the urethra is shorter.

During cystoscopy, you lie on your back. A numbing jelly is squirted into your urethra, and the cystoscope is inserted until the end is inside your bladder. Sterile water is passed through the thin tube to fill your bladder and optimize the picture. You may feel some discomfort and the need to urinate when your bladder is filled. After about three to five minutes, the cystoscope is removed, and you can use the toilet.

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