(Closed) Anyone ever had a cystoscopy?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

What exactly is a cystoscopy?  I had some problems with kidney stones before (and think I still get them but it’s not confirmed) but I never had one of those done.

Post # 5
Hostess
18646 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh yeah I had that done (I guess I forgot the name) but no way in hell would I have had it done without anesthesia!  You need to be knocked out for that for sure.  First of all, it’s really awkward to think about and second, I’m sure it wouldn’t be comfortable.

As for the UTI thing, I had it done twice within a month range and didn’t get an infection.  They put you on antibiotics afterward just to be safe though.

Post # 6
Member
3614 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I did. It was quiet unpleasant and painful for me, but the doctor told me it’s painless for most people after they apply some numbing topical and my experience is unusual. I was in a lot of pain for about an hour, and the peeing the first couple times afterwards were difficult. I was fine by the next day. I’m going for a more extensive exam and biopsy under anesthesia on Wed. Good luck to both of us!

Post # 7
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38 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had one done years ago, but I was knocked out for it. I can’t imagine doing it with out anything! Afterwords I was in quite a lot of pain. I think I was on two different pain medications when I left. Every time I urinated for about 2-3 days after the procedure I felt  like I was passing razor blades! For me it was like having a really bad UTI. I cried at even the thought of having to pee. Because it has been almost 10 years since I had the cystoscopy perhaps they have improved the ways it’s done and patients can undergo it sans sedatives with little discomfort? 

I should probably add that I have interstitial cystitis. I did this procedure to help diagnose my condition so the cystoscopy probably aggravated it and caused me to be in more pain than someone who doesn’t have IC. 

Post # 8
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2793 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used to work at a urologist’s office and assisted often on cystoscopies. I also had a few of my own done. They put some numbing cream (not all MDs do), but you aren’t knocked out or anything, nor do I really think you need to be (just in my experience).

They go up through the urethra into the bladder with a thin scope. It was uncomfortable yes, but I wasn’t screaming (we would occasionally hear those, who did, though) Mine lasted less than 5 minutes. I’m sure you can call the triage line at your MD’s office to get more info as well. Good luck!

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