Is a cystoscopy painful?


Quick Answer

Cystoscopy is not painful, but it can be uncomfortable when a cystoscope, a thin tube with a camera and light in its tip, is inserted through the urethra, says NHS Choices. To ease discomfort, local anesthesia is given for flexible cystoscopy, and general or epidural anesthesia is for rigid cystoscopy.

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According to Healthline, cystoscopy is ordered by a doctor to evaluate symptoms like blood in the urine, painful urination, pelvic pain, overactive bladder, and/or frequent occurrence of urinary tract infection. The procedure can reveal the possible causes of the urinary problem, such as tumors, malignant growths and stones. It can also help confirm suspicions of blockages, problems with ureters and enlarged prostrates in males.

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