If you have blood in your urine, incontinence, or painful urination, you may need a test called a cystoscopy to help diagnose the underlying problem. At McCormick | Finger Urology in Harlingen, Texas, board-certified urologist Dr. Erin McCormick and her expert team provide this test as an outpatient procedure to men and women in the Rio Grande Valley. To find out more about cystoscopy, call the office or book a consultation using the online booking agent.
During a cystoscopy, Dr. McCormick examines the lining of your bladder and your urethra — the tube that carries the urine.
Dr. McCormick puts a tube with a lens affixed into your urethra and gently moves it to your bladder. You are numbed during the procedure and, in some cases, put under general anesthesia. The camera allows her to investigate what’s going on inside these organs. She fills your bladder with a sterile solution during the procedure, which creates the sensation that you have to urinate — you can do so once the procedure is complete.
Dr. McCormick may recommend a cystoscopy for numerous issues, including:
Dr. McCormick may prescribe antibiotics to prevent any possibility of infection. Arrive at the appointment with a full bladder so if Dr. McCormick wants to test your urine before the test, it’s easy to obtain a sample.
If you are going to be placed under general or IV sedation, arrange for someone to drive you home.
In many cases, you can go about your normal daily routine. If, however, you’ve been given general or IV sedation, you may need to remain in the office to allow the anesthesia’s effects to wear off.
You may experience some bleeding from your urethra or a burning sensation during urination for a few days. You may urinate more frequently for a few days, too.
If you experience post-procedure pain, take a warm bath — as long as Dr. McCormick approves it, or hold a warm, wet washcloth at the opening of your urethra. Drink plenty of water to flush out your bladder.
If you have symptoms that are causing problems with urination, call McCormick | Finger Urology or book a consultation online to find out if you need a cystoscopy to diagnose issues with your bladder or urethra.