Getting A Clear Picture

For women suffering from the pain and embarrassment of any type of pelvic floor disorder, the idea of having to be poked and prodded by a doctor can seem like an insult added to injury. It’s important to realize, however, that, in order to get personal, you have to really get personal; and the only way you’ll ever know how to find effective treatment is first to find out what’s causing the issue. One of the most accurate methods of diagnosing urogynecological conditions involving the urinary tract and the kidneys is called a cystoscopy procedure, which is done using a thin, lighted tube called a cystoscope. After the cystoscope has been inserted through the urethra and into the bladder, a microscopic camera provides the doctor a clear, unobstructed view of the urinary tract, the kidneys, and the bladder so that an accurate diagnosis can be made.

Testing the Tube

Cystoscopy procedure does more than just provide a means of diagnosing urinary dysfunction, however. In fact, recent years have found an increasing number of benefits to performing a cystoscopy. Women suffering from pelvic pain, bloody urine, painful urination, urinary incontinence, and urinary tract infections have been treated more effectively because of this method of diagnosis, which supersedes the visibility provided by X-rays; and that very same cystoscope can also serve as a channel through which tiny surgical tools can be inserted for the collection of urine or tissue samples. Many physicians use the cystoscope during the removal of small growths and small bladder stones, to insert a stent, to stop bleeding in the bladder, and even to remove a blockage in the urinary system.

On The Pipeline

Fortunately, a cystoscopy is a fairly simple procedure and can generally be performed in the doctor’s office. Like most medical procedures, however, it will still require a bit of preparation—patients are instructed to fast and stop drinking within a certain window of time; and just before the test is performed, it will be necessary to fully empty the bladder. Anesthetics—either local, general, or spinal—will ensure that the insertion of the cystoscope will be painless; and depending on the type used, you may be able to leave the doctor’s office immediately after the test is completed.

The test itself is fairly short. Once the cystoscope is in place, the tube is usually only in the bladder for ten minutes or less; but it may require more time if additional testing or procedures are being done simultaneously. Though there might be some discomfort, a frequent need to urinate, and slightly pink urine for a few days following the test, these are not uncommon; and you’ll require no downtime to recover from the cystoscopy procedure.

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