Cystoscopy with Hydrodistention
During this exam, you will be under anesthesia. A scope with a light cord is used to look at the
urine channel and the bladder. The bladder is gently filled to capacity. It is left distended for 3 -
10 minutes to interfere with the pain signals sent by nerves in the bladder. This allows your
doctor to clearly see the wall of your bladder. Your doctor may instill a medicine (lidocaine) to
numb the urethra. A belladonna and opium rectal suppository may also be inserted at the end of
the exam for more pain relief.
After the Exam
ξ For the first 1-2 days after your exam, you may have pain. Some people may have pain
for up to 3 weeks. We will give you pain pills to take. You may also have medicine to
help relax your bladder. This medicine may be in the form of a pill or suppository.
ξ You may have blood in your urine. This should stop in 2-3 days. It is common for you to
feel burning when you pass urine for 1-2 days.
ξ You may eat regular food as you feel able.
ξ Drink 8-10 glasses of fluid each day to prevent dehydration.
ξ Do not drink alcohol within 24 hours of your exam or while taking pain pills.
ξ Walking is okay.
ξ Talk with your doctor about going back to work.
ξ Do not drive for 24 hours after your exam.
ξ Do not drive while taking pain pills.
Your first follow-up visit will be 2 – 4 weeks after your exam.
When to Call the Doctor
ξ Problems passing urine
ξ Red or bloody urine for more than 3 days after your exam
ξ Large blood clots in your urine
ξ Temperature by mouth is over 101 θ F
ξ Low back or hip pain that is new
ξ Cloudy or foul-smelling urine
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