You should be able to get back to normal quite quickly after a cystoscopy.
You'll be able to go home shortly after a flexible cystoscopy, once you've emptied your bladder.
There's usually no need to wait in the hospital until the anaesthetic has completely worn off.
If you have a rigid cystoscopy, you'll probably need to stay in hospital for a few hours until the anaesthetic starts to wear off.
You can go home once you're feeling better and you've emptied your bladder. Most people leave hospital the same day, but sometimes an overnight stay might be needed.
You'll need to arrange for someone to take you home as you won't be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
You can return to your normal activities – including work, exercise and having sex – as soon as you feel able to after a flexible cystoscopy.
This will often be later the same day or possibly the day after.
After a rigid cystoscopy:
You can usually return to your normal activities – including work, exercise and having sex – when you feel able to.
After a cystoscopy, it's normal to have:
These side effects should pass after a day or two.
Drinking plenty of water during the first few days can help. You can also take painkillers such as paracetamol to reduce any discomfort.
Contact your GP for advice if:
Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department if you feel really unwell.
These problems could be caused by complications of a cystoscopy, such as an infection.