Diagnostic Cystoscopy in New York City
A cystoscopy is an endoscopic procedure used to examine the internal state of the urethra and lining of the bladder. This procedure is typically performed to investigate symptoms of the urinary system that are unable to be diagnosed through more traditional imaging tests such as sonography and CT scanning.
The Purpose of a Cystoscopy
Dr. Hillel Marans commonly performs cystoscopies in order to accurately diagnose a patient’s symptoms that are caused by a condition of the urethra or bladder, including:
- Urinary incontinence
- Bladder stones
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which is also known as an enlarged prostate
- Tumors of the bladder
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Overactive bladder
- Inflammation of the bladder (cystitis)
- Hematuria (blood in the urine)
- Bladder cancer
All of the conditions mentioned will become much more aggressive over time if left untreated, which will lead to worsening symptoms such as loss of control over the bladder, sepsis, or even death. To prevent such an extreme outcome, it is much better for the patient and their long-term health to diagnose the cause of their discomfort as soon as possible.
What Happens During and After a Cystoscopy
To begin this procedure, a small tube called a cystoscope is inserted into the patient’s urethra. Inside of this tube exists a camera that transmits images from inside the urethra and bladder to a monitor in front of Dr. Marans so that he can clearly see these internal organs. If the patient wishes, they are also able to see these images displayed in real time during the cystoscopy.
This instant visual allows the physician a chance to assess the tissues of the urethra and bladder, and hopefully determine a direct source of their patient’s symptoms. Dr. Marans will fill the bladder with a sterile solution to improve his view and provide a more accurate diagnosis. Some patients already determined to have bladder stones may have them removed during a cystoscopy, or it is also possible for a tissue sample to be taken for further testing after the procedure is complete if your physician suspects that these tissues may be cancerous.
Patients are numbed with an anesthetic jelly during a cystoscopy. Patients may have some soreness that subsides gradually in the days following your cystoscopy. You may also notice a mild burning sensation when you urinate, though this is also a perfectly normal side effect of the procedure.
When Will My Results Be Ready?
You will be consulted about your cystoscopy results immediately after it is over. Dr. Marans may also need to wait until additional testing has been finished on any samples that may have been taken during your cystoscopy. For any questions regarding your cystoscopy results or upcoming exam, please contact Dr. Marans at (212) 206-9130 to reach his urology office in Midtown Manhattan, NYC.