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A flexible cystoscope is a thin fibre-optic tube with a camera at the end that examines the bladder and the urinary system during a cystoscopy.

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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

You will be lying on your back for the procedure and a local anaesthetic gel will be put on/in the urethra to reduce discomfort when the cystoscope is inserted into the urethra.

Sterile water will then be inserted into your bladder, in order to help your consultant get a better view of the lining of the bladder on the cystoscope camera screen.

This will feel like you need to urinate, however, it will only be for a few minutes. The cystoscope will then be gently removed.

The whole procedure usually takes about 10 minutes.


You will be able to go home straight after the procedure.

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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.