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A rigid cystoscopy is a procedure that examines the bladder and the urinary system. A cystoscope is a thin fibre-optic tube with a camera at the end, that can be inserted into the urethra, allowing a doctor to view the images on screen and make a diagnosis or see if a treatment has been successful, as well as being used to position small surgical instrument to perform minor surgery or take biopsies.

Why you might need it

There are a variety of medical reasons why a circumcision in men may be performed, including:

Your Consultation

You will have a consultation with a consultant, during which you can discuss your symptoms, your medical history and ask any questions that you may have.

Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you so you know exactly what to expect. Your consultant may also discuss if any further diagnostic tests may be needed, such as a blood test or scan, with you.

We understand that this can be a daunting time so our friendly and caring team will be sure to put you at rest and make your experience with us, as comfortable as possible.

The Procedure

The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep for the duration, and usually takes 30 minutes.

The rigid version of the cystoscope consists of a thin metal tube through which small surgical instruments can be passed to perform minor surgery or take a biopsy. Small bladder stones are often removed this way.

Once the cystoscope is removed at the end of the procedure, a catheter may be inserted to drain any urine into a bag until you have fully come round from the anaesthetic.

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There for you

Our dedicated team will still be there for you during each step of your recovery, even once you have left the hospital if you have any queries or concerns. Our consultants will usually book a follow-up appointment with you before you are discharged from hospital, to see how you are doing.

Whilst it is rare occurrence, surgery does carry a risk of complications. These depend on the type of operation you have as well as a variety of other factors such as your overall general health. During your consultation/s your consultant will discuss the possible risks and complications of having this procedure, and how they may apply to you, and answer any concerns or questions you have.