Post # 1
I passed a kidney stone in the ER in November at which time I had blood in my urine (obviously). They referred me to a urologist who did some blood work and urine tests. Since then I have not had any more blood but he still wants to do a cystoscopy in his office with no anesthesia or sedative! I personally think this is unnecessary and I’m scared about having it done.
Has anyone ever had one without anesthesia? Was it bad? I’m also worried it could give me a UTI and I’ve only ever had one UTI ever!
Post # 3
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 # 4
It’s when they go in the bladder through the urethra with a scope to look at the inside of the bladder.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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!