This is a test to assess female urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) and issues of the lower urinary tract. It is usually performed if the diagnosis of incontinence is unclear, initial conservative management has failed, surgery is required or you have had surgery and are experiencing bladder issues.
This test helps to provide an accurate diagnosis, to explain thecause of the issues. After the diagnosis is established, the doctor will discuss and recommend next steps for treatment.
The test is uncomfortable, but not painful. It takes about 30 minutes to complete.
A cystoscopy allows a doctor to look into your bladder and urethra with a special telescope called a cystoscope.
A cystoscopy may be done to help to find the cause of symptoms such as:
It may be carried out during surgical procedures such as a hysterectomy or incontinence-tape procedure, to ensure there has been no damage to the bladder or the ureters.