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
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
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
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
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.