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A cystoscopy is a procedure to look inside the bladder. A thin tube with a camera inside (cystoscope) is used to do this.

A cystoscopy might be done if you have bladder symptoms, such as blood in your pee, or to diagnose or treat some bladder conditions.

How to prepare for a cystoscopy depends on the type. If you’re having a rigid cystoscopy you may need to avoid eating or drinking before.

During a cystoscopy, a thin tube with a camera inside (cystoscope), is moved up through the urethra and into the bladder.

Some of the results of your cystoscopy may be explained to you before you go home. You may need to wait a few weeks for the full results.

Complications of a cystoscopy include urinary tract infections and swelling of the bladder and urethra, which can make peeing difficult.

Page last reviewed: 01/01/1970
Next review due: 01/01/1970