Private Cystoscopy

Private Cystoscopy

A cystoscopy is a procedure used to see the inside of your bladder and urethra to treat and diagnose urinary tract issues.  Your doctor might order one if you are experiencing bladder control issues such as retention or incontinence, bladder stones, blood in the urine or pain during urination.  Unfortunately, there can sometimes be a lengthy wait to get this test in Canada.  There are private cystoscopy options available but lets explore what it is and what it can diagnosis.

There are two types of cystoscopes – a flexible cystoscope and rigid cystoscope.  Your doctor will determine which one is appropriate for you.  The procedure itself will only take 5-10 minutes, however, if a biopsy is needed it might require a little more time.  A numbing gel is utilized prior to the scope being inserted into the urethra to the bladder.  There may be some uncomfortable feelings or you might feel like you need to urinate but the numbing gel will prevent any pain.  Most people will recover by end of day but some might take a little more time.

What is a Cystoscopy Used For?

  • To detect bladder cancer
  • Collect samples from your ureters (tubes that carry urine from your kidneys to the bladder)
  • Inject dye for procedures that track urine flow
  • Inject medication to stop leaking urine
  • Remove a ureteral stent (tiny tube used to hold open the ureter)
  • Remove bladder stones, abnormal tissues, polyps or tumors
  • Take small pieces of bladder or urethral tissue for biopsy
  • Treat urethral strictures or fistulas (holes formed between 2 areas)
  • Hematuria, i.e. blood in the urine
  • Urinary frequency, urgency or incontinence
  • Urinary retention
  • Pain or burning before, during or after urination
  • Trouble starting or completing urination
  • Abnormal cells found in a urine sample

What Can a Cystoscopy Diagnosis?

  • Bladder or urethral cancer
  • Bladder stones
  • Urinary incontinence
  • BPH (Benign prostatic hyperplasia) – an enlarged prostate
  • ICS (Interstitial cystitis) or BPS (Bladder pain syndrome)
  • Strictures or fistulas
  • UTI (Urinary tract infection)

Most cystoscopy results are ready as soon as the procedure is done.  If a biopsy was needed, that could take up to 2 weeks before the results come back.  If you are on a long wait list to have this done, consider a private cystoscopy.  It is relatively affordable and you can start your treatments without delay. 

If you’d like to explore your options for a private cystoscopy, please connect with Health Vantis at or 877-344-3544.

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