Cystoscopy is a procedure performed by Dr. Murphy to view inside the bladder and urethra in detail to investigate the causes of bleeding, blockage, or any abnormalities of the bladder and its lining.
Cystoscopy is most often done as an outpatient procedure. Prior to the procedure you will empty your bladder. Then you will be placed on an exam table. A liquid or gel local anesthetic may be used on your urethra. The average cystoscopy takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
The cystoscope is inserted through the urethra into the bladder. The cystoscope is a thin, lighted tube with lenses. Water or saline is infused through the cystoscope into the bladder. As the fluid fills the bladder, the bladder wall is stretched so that Dr. Murphy can inspect the area. Magnified images from the camera are displayed on a screen where the urogynecology expert can see them.
Surgical tools can be passed through the cystoscope to treat certain urinary tract conditions as well.