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Advice sheet for patients undergoing Flexible Cystoscopy
under the care of Mr H Lewi, FRCS

Mr Lewi has advised you to have a procedure called a Flexible Cystoscopy performed.
This is an internal examination of the urethra (water pipe) and bladder, which is essential for correct diagnosis and treatment.

You will be shown to the changing area by one of the nurses and asked to undress and put on a gown/dressing gown.
You will then be shown into the treatment room.

A local anaesthetic gel is inserted into the urethra and then Mr Lewi passes a small telescope along the length of your urethra, up into your bladder.
The procedure takes a couple of minutes and is slightly uncomfortable as opposed to painful.
You will be able to drive yourself home after the Flexible Cystoscopy.

A separate discharge advice sheet will be given to you prior to you going home.

You may notice a slight leakage of jelly after the cystoscopy. This is the anaesthetic jelly used during the procedure.

An odd sensation may be experienced as you pass urine. This is due to the anaesthetic effect of the jelly and will wear off in a short time.

In addition, a small amount of blood may be noticed in the urine. This is quite normal but, if the bleeding becomes severe, you should contact your General Practitioner or the Springfield Hospital on (01245) 234312.

There may be a need to pass urine more frequently for a few days following the cystoscopy. This may be expected but, if it remains troublesome, you should contact your General Practitioner or the Springfield Hospital and ask for the Outpatient Department.
Alternatively you can contact Sarah Buttle, Specialist Urology Sister on 07905 428836.

It is advisable to drink plenty of fluids for approximately 48 hours following the cystoscopy. Research has shown that drinking a couple of glasses of cranberry juice per day is good for the bladder in helping to keep it clean.

If you feel unwell or have any discomfort trying to pass urine, please contact your General Practitioner or the Springfield Hospital and ask for the Outpatient Department.

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