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Flexible Cystoscopy

A flexible cystoscopy often strikes fear into anyone that is told that they need one, but there is absolutely no reason to be scared.  It is an incredibly common procedure that is performed dozens of times a day at every urology department throughout the country.  It involves passing a very small flexible camera through the urinary tract using lots of jelly that has local anaesthetic in it.  


The whole procedure only takes a couple of minutes and gives the Consultant performing the procedure an instant answer to multiple questions about your bladder and urinary tract and helps him / her to understand what the underlying cause of your problem is.  


A flexible cystoscopy gives huge amounts of information about any narrowings, stenotic areas, stricturing, stone / prostatic obstruction, median lobe / flap valves, the level of the prostate, the lining of the bladder, the level of inflammation in the bladder, and the presense of any bladder stones.  Most important of all is whether there is cancer of the bladder.  This can all be found out instantaneously by performing a flexible cystoscopy and therefore is such a common investigation for urologists.



Please look at these external links for further information on Haematuria and flexible cystoscopies:


NHS Blood in Pee Campaign




Royal Berkshire Hospital

Cystoscopy Patient Information


BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons)

Flexible Cystoscopy Patient Information



A telescopic examination of the bladder

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Contact your GP and ask for referral to the Reading Urology Partnership


All consultations, investigations and treatments are covered by major insurance companies (depending on policy)


Self-funding initial consultation fee is £205.  Follow up fees are £165.  Consultation charges are exclusive of any tests and other investigations that the consultant may wish to carry out.

What to expect


The procedure is quick and painless, although you may feel a slight pinch.  Afterwards you will need to pass urine as the Consultant will have filled your bladder with sterile water (this helps make the bladder wall more visible).  

You may feel slight discomfort doing this and your urethra may feel sore for a few hours.  

You will be able to go home whenever you feel ready after the procedure, however it is advised to drink plenty of water over the next 24 hours to help flush out your bladder and urethra.  You might like to take some over-the-counter pain relief if necessary over this time.

Most people have no problems following a flexible cystocopy but you should always contact us at The Forbury Clinic or your GP if you experience any symptoms other than those already covered by the Consultant.



Instillagel® is a local anaesthetic gel which is inserted into the urethra prior to the procedure.  

The male and female urinary tract system

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