Cystoscopy

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Comment from: NHSpatient, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had cystoscopy due to recurring cystitis and post-menopausal bleeding. The letter said the consultant “may” give local anesthetic gel. Consent was assumed and when I declined the procedure the consultant, who was very pleasant, said he would stop if it hurt. It did hurt and the procedure had to be stopped. I am now scheduled for a rigid cystoscopy under general anesthetic. I should have opted for the general anesthetic without trial by outpatient cystoscopy. I would not recommend this as an outpatient procedure.

Comment from: Gibbo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 12

I had cystoscopy in 2015 for microscopic blood in urine. It took about a couple of minutes, was painful and I poured with blood on removal, as the guy pulled it out like a cork from a bottle of wine. On his report he stated there were no complications. A few weeks later, I had full bladder retention and went to Accident and Emergency and had to have catheter for three weeks. The guy caused a large stricture and because of scar tissue, I have an operation on it every year to eighteen months, to open my urethra up.

Comment from: BB, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I had some blood in my urine, the doctor had me get x-rays, and after seeing the x-rays had me get a CT scan with contrast, which showed a bladder stone and several kidney stones. He recommended a cystoscopy after seeing the CT. I was given the anesthetic gel and left for 5 minutes while the gel numbed me. He inserted the scope which did hurt a little and again there was some pain as he pushed through the prostate into the bladder. Urination hurt a little afterward but nothing worse.

Comment from: 867530999, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I had cystoscopy performed under local anesthetic. From insertion to removal my cystoscopy took less than a minute but the result was normal so likely no seconds looks. Honestly, it was very uncomfortable and does sting while voiding for the next 24 hours. If you're really apprehensive you could ask a nurse for a mild sedative to cool your jets. I vow never to do this again unless absolutely necessary!

Comment from: Gary, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I had cystoscopy because I had blood in urine. I have a pretty good tolerance for pain and I was given a direct shot of lidocaine into the urethra before the procedure. I did wait an hour to be taken to the procedure. I have never in my life experienced such an excruciating 5-10 minutes of pain in my entire life; pain to the point of physical trauma. I am not a wimp. Never again in my life will I allow myself or anyone I know be subjected to this experience. Next time, if necessary, I will be put under anesthesia.

Comment from: Female patient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I needed a cystoscopy to see why I was having blood and infection unresolved with 4 antibiotics. I had the numbing gel applied and felt almost no discomfort at all. Preoccupy yourself by watching the screen. Takes only a couple minutes. I too worried about the procedure but it was very tolerable for me. I now know what the problem is.

Comment from: Ss, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I had cystoscopy done today at 4 pm, to remove kidney stone. It’s a horrible pain which does not go away with any pain medicine even after 11 pm at night. So now, they gave tramadol and hopefully it works. I wish I knew how long I will have this unbearable pain!

Comment from: Tiffany, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

My cystoscopy was for very frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs) and blood in urine. I did the local anesthetic and it was fine for me. However, the severe pain during urination after procedure is the worst I’ve ever experienced and I’ve had some doozy UTIs. Driving home, I looked like a drunk maniac driver swerving in/out of cars to make it home and just sit on the toilet where I haven’t moved from yet (mine was this morning). Forget the pins and needles of a UTI, this is full on razor blades. I’ll die before I do that again.

Comment from: Mike , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had a cystoscopy. I have been in therapy post-trauma for the initial cystoscopy that should never have happened this way. Doctors do not know whether the gel will be effective enough for some but not others. See others' comments and notice how much they vary from man to man. Insist on sedation or some medicines to reduce pain and anxiety. If you do not ask up front, they will tell you it's not that bad. I wish every day that mine had been not that bad.

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Comment from: J from US, 35-44 (Patient) Published: June 22

I was not told of any potential complications. I had flexible cystoscopy, with local anesthesia. I have been on pain medicines now for 28 days, and had 2 emergency room (ER) visits. Doctors don't know what's wrong. I have extreme levels of pain. We just know it's not a hernia, appendicitis, or ruptured bladder. I can't move 2 steps without pain. I am angry and no idea when the pain will end. Missed lots of work. I did not need the cystoscopy. Never would have had it if I knew the risks. The doctor talked me into it, made it seem like it would be no big deal and just to be sure.

Comment from: Oof!, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 04

Never again. I needed a cystoscopy because I had some blood in urine. Note: I have a history of panic attacks but was relaxed. The pain was absolutely intense. I cursed and bit on my hand so hard I bruised it. When he said he was removing it I expected relief but that was intense too. About a minute after it was out I got intense nausea, sweat, and passed out. They hit me with smelling salts. five hours later I still feel exhausted and can still taste the smelling salts.

Comment from: Honfluer, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 28

I was taught by a great nurse how to endure a cystoscopy procedure. Take a 10 MG Valium before the procedure (have someone drive you). During the exam, wiggle your toes, it stops you from being rigid in the groin area. Focus on short breaths and your yoga breathing. If there is a screen to watch the procedure, do it. Ask to hold the nurse's hand during the procedure. If you do all of the above, everything will be good for you! I've been doing this dance since 2014.

Comment from: Annoyed But Relieved, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

Let me start off by saying I have a lot of health issues, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The cystoscopy procedure took about 10 minutes and my doctor did not numb anything; just used lubricant. I won't lie, it hurt. Especially up in my belly. And I still have cramps at 20:30 hours (the procedure was at 14:00 hours). It hurt the most for the 40 minutes after the procedure but it did get some better. However, I refuse to ever do that again without numbing stuff and I don't recommend you do it without the numbing gel.

Comment from: Bazza275, 45-54 (Patient) Published: October 28

I just had my cystoscopy and it hurt like crazy. I read the leaflet and internet that it would be a mild discomfort. Lies! Mine was as bad as I thought it would be, going through the urethra. Once in the bladder it wasn't too bad. On exiting, again it was painful but quicker. I was given the all clear which was a comfort, but still stinging when passing urine now, 3 hours later. I had this because I had microscopic blood in my urine following a urinary tract infection (UTI). Never again!

Comment from: Belle, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had a cystoscopy for frequent urinary tract infections and urination. Applying numbing gel was fine but insertion of the scope was a little painful (but manageable) as was the rest of the procedure, which lasted about 5 minutes. There was a small amount of blood in my urine for about 20 hours and it hurt to urinate for about the same amount of time. A day and a half after the procedure I have a bit of discomfort but can tolerate it. It is not a pleasant experience but the peace of mind it has given me is worth it.

Comment from: Nel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I had never been so stressed leading up to this, I am a 10/10 little sook when it comes to anything slightly painful. I’ve just had cystoscopy done and feel compelled to let you know it’s nowhere near worth the stress. It was over in maximum 3 minutes. The numbing gel burns going in (no biggie) then the only pain/discomfort is when the tube goes through your prostate which is short lived. Trust me, do not worry, you will be fine!

Comment from: Mj, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I had a cystoscopy done under anesthetic. No complications. I just wanted to give a helpful tip that worked for my urinary discomfort post procedure. Place a warm heat bag over the area 1 minute before urination, it really reduced the discomfort to almost nil. Check with your doctor first though!

Comment from: Aboud, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

I had blood in my urine so my doctor had me do a cystoscopy. There was some pain when the tube was inserted, but nothing too bad, about the same as when they insert a needle in your arm to draw blood for a blood test. A gel was applied to lessen the pain. The procedure was over in less than a minute. Urinating afterwards was uncomfortable for about half a day.

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Comment from: Ivan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

I had blood in my urine from a car accident, so I had a cystoscopy. The doctor and nurse said that it wouldn't be painful. I was numbed, on the outside of my penis, but the pain was extreme. Everyone should have general anesthesia. Then, afterward it is very painful to urinate, it’s been a week, too long. I had to get antibiotics from another doctor, who gave me more info than my urologist. I am worse now, because I had a urologist that was too rough and too fast inserting the scope and not prescribing me antibiotics after the procedure.

Comment from: Rob, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 24

I had a cystoscopy today, after microscopic blood in urine dip test. I was literally worried sick for months about this procedure, and although it was no walk in the park to say the least, it didn’t hurt half as much as I had imagined it would. After numbing gel the doctor inserted the cystoscope. It was a little sharp especially when passing the prostate but the whole thing took about 5 minutes. Urinating afterwards is very sore though, hope this helps.

Comment from: Nelson, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

Once again (happened on my last one also), my cystoscopy has caused intense pain, fever and nausea. I am now on Cipro hoping it starts to clear up tomorrow. The last time I could not urinate after the procedure and my bladder was about to explode. Man, our plumbing needs a redesign and the sooner the better. I am 68 and have had urology issues for over 25 years.

Comment from: russ517, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 10

After 5 years cancer free in my bladder using BCG treatment, a new cancer formed in noninvasive form calling for 6 treatments of BCG again. After the 6th treatment I get to take 3 months off from cystoscopy. However it has been 15 days since my last scoping and I still have a lot of pain and blood smears from the glans penis. The head or bulb throbs with pain after urinating. I believe I need an ultrascan, a scoping is out of the question. Waiting to call the doctor on Monday.

Comment from: Patient, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

I had my cystoscopy done with no numbing agent or medication, to investigate an active chronic bladder infection. It hurts a little during and for a day after but it is fine and not noticeable if you don’t think about it. Just like if you scraped your knee or other situations where your skin is irritated from friction. No big deal.

Comment from: Winnie's mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

My urologist recommended a cystoscopy based on frequent urinary tract infection like symptoms and an awkward stream. I had local anesthesia but due to a very narrow tube I don't think it took. Very painful insertion! Make sure your doctor has different sized scopes. Won't want to repeat this test ever again.

Comment from: Got it 4 safety, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 25

I had microscopic blood in my urine and that's why the doctor advised me to go for cystoscopy. I was very anxious and scared but the pain was very manageable. It is painful when the gel is inserted and then when the flexible tube is inserted. Other than that I felt no pain during and it was only 20 seconds maximum. It took 2 days for recovery which included burning when urinating, no blood and some back pain. Couple of days later now and I feel 100 percent. Hope this helps!

Comment from: Tracey, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I had a cystoscopy for microscopic blood in my urine. I was sedated for my procedure and when I woke after my procedure I had extreme amounts of pain and was passing large amounts of blood. I was sent home immediately to deal with it at home. I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis that day. My bladder, I feel, has been worse since the cystoscopy.

Comment from: Udon, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 14

I had cystoscopy because of recurrent issues of acute urinary retention due to BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia). My urologist also performed this procedure using a flexible cystoscope. Numbing gel applied, the procedure took no more than a couple of minutes. Uncomfortable when accessing the bladder but not really painful.

Comment from: Les prostrate man, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 12

I’ve had several cystoscopies due to blood in urine. It’s not pleasant and slightly painful when the camera passes through the prostate, but not too much pain. Passing water afterwards is like urinating through broken glass, very painful, but after a while everything goes back to normal.

Comment from: Viking, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

I had blood in urine, so had a cystoscopy.

Comment from: Dick H, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 23

Cystoscopies were performed because of problems with urine flow and family history of bladder and prostate cancers. Each time was painful, not only during the cystoscopy procedure but several weeks afterward. Fiber optics less painful than hollow metal tube, used in my first one around 40 years ago. Doctors who admit there can be pain take better care of you than doctors who insist there isn’t any pain. Choose wisely.

Comment from: JD, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

The cystoscopy procedure wasn’t too bad. There was some pain and discomfort, certainly not painless but manageable. My doctor never said how painful the urinating is afterwards. I am finding that to be way worse than the procedure. Lots of water to help dilute the urine and ibuprofen has helped, but that was something I was not anticipating, ouch!

Comment from: Alan, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

I had a small amount of blood in urine. Guys, please, if you are given the option of general anesthetic, take it. I had my cystoscopy done with a local which didn't do anything at all. The pain was excruciating. Even though the whole procedure was over in minutes they were the longest minutes of my life. It can be described as a burning pain I guess, with a pinch here and there as the scope was moving. Afterwards a lot of pain when urinating lasting for 24 hours. Horrendous and I'll never have it done again.

Comment from: Dano , 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 26

I am having kidney stone surgery and my urologist suggested I have cystoscopy procedure. That was on Wednesday, December the 18th, and I have been having severe pain and bleeding. Today is December 21 and I am having the same symptoms. I read the pain should pass in a couple of days!

Comment from: Terry, 45-54 (Patient) Published: December 05

I've been urinating blood on and off for over a month. Urologist wanted to take a look around to find the cause. I was provided a local anesthetic for my cystoscopy, but it didn't provide much comfort. Although the procedure only lasted a few minutes, the pain was horrible. I continued to have the same sharp pain in my urethra a few hours following the procedure. Made it hard to urinate. Hopefully it will subside soon!

Comment from: Still hurts, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

I had microscopic blood in my urine. They did an ultrasound of my entire abdomen, another of my prostate (that was not fun as they stick the instrument up your rear quickly), and sent me for a CAT scan, all of which had negative results. I was scheduled for a cystoscopy in the office. I got the lidocaine put in my urethra. Doctor started the procedure and said he couldn't get past the muscle. Then he shoved it through and I felt the worst pain I've ever felt. Never again!

Comment from: Mel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I've had a few cystoscopies. The first time I was hospitalized, I was put to sleep and had to go home with a catheter for 3 days. That was awful! I chose the next couple of times to have it done in the office with a topical lidocaine before inserting the cystoscopy tube and catheter to remove cancerous tumors inside bladder. Much better this way, very uncomfortable but not severe. I went home feeling good because I wasn't sedated. Just a little crampy but nothing compared to being put to sleep.

Comment from: Albany NY, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 22

I had a cystoscopy today to confirm diagnosis of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) causing some urinary retention. It was painful, and urinating since then has been painful. I will never have it done again without sedation. The blood I passed afterward is indicative, isn't it? Abrasion... you bleed, abrasion hurts. One of the patients below used the word 'sting'... are you kidding me... sting! Way worse. I wouldn't recommend you have it done unless you are sedated and I'm annoyed the urologist did the procedure without sedation.

Comment from: Mickey, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

My urologist wanted to perform a cystoscopy due to trace blood in my urine. The nurse sprayed something on the area and the doctor attempted to insert the scope. It was like I was on fire, and he could not insert because the pain was so great. He attempted the procedure again with the same issue. I was then scheduled to have the procedure done under general anesthesia. I need to have it done again and I am scared to death, I am not circumcised and I thought that might be the reason for the pain.

Comment from: Jeff, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

Cystoscopy was done because of blood in my urine. There was no infection in urine, urine cytology came back normal, and CT scan of urinary tract normal. Cystoscopy also was normal, it was a little uncomfortable, but no pain, just pressure. I had the procedure 2 hours ago, and it burns when getting ready to urinate and afterwards.

Comment from: Lee, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I had a cystoscopy due to a very small amount of blood from my penis; cystoscopy with lidocaine. Painful but a strange kind. I figure extreme sensitivity and having a diagnosed anxiety disorder played a role. I would not fear it if I needed to have another but would want something to help me relax.

Comment from: Anonymous, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 24

I had cystoscopy because I had blood in my urine. I felt no pain. They numb the area using a syringe to push in a gel. It feels the same as holding the end closed with your thumb while trying to urinate. No pain, just a little cold at the end. Going in with the camera, there was no pain. It feels uncomfortable, I would say a 3 out of 10. Relaxing reduced that to a 1. It feels like you want to go urinate, but you don’t have too. Just relax. Let it flow out. Slow breaths.

Comment from: ChihuahuaJack, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I was having bladder pain that turned out to be kidney stones. In order to rule out bladder issues my urologist wanted to perform a cystoscopy. I was a smidgen freaked out about it because I read through the comments here and on other sites. Luckily, the procedure was a breeze. A little bit of pain as the camera passed through the prostate, but it only lasted for a second. All in all, don’t be scared about the procedure, you’ll be fine.

Comment from: LWBP, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

Blood in urine was the reason for my cystoscopy.

Comment from: CalRod, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I had a cystoscopy because I was having pain when I urinated; at 62 years old it was the most pain I ever felt in a medical facility in my life. It was agony. Whatever gel they used did nothing for me. I'm horrified to ever have it done again.

Comment from: Berenice, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I needed a cystoscopy because of overactive bladder.

Comment from: Kenneth, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I've had the cystoscopy twice because of blood in my urine. An anesthetic was injected but I still felt it when the doctor inserted the scope up my penis. Water was injected and the nurse catheterized me afterwards. Hopefully not again.

Comment from: Fantastic, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I was referred for cystoscopy because blood was seen in urine, but not by me. I just had an ultrasound for kidneys and they seemed happy. My cystoscopy is this Tuesday. Hope pain is not too much.

Comment from: Den, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

My cystoscopy procedure was extremely painful. It felt sharp and electric and the deeper it went the more pain I experienced. They were unable to complete the procedure as I was in so much pain. Not trying to scare those who haven't had it done but I think the issue was that they did not properly numb the area prior to inserting the probe.

Comment from: SUE H, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

After repeated UTI's (urinary tract infections) I had to have a cystoscopy. The stories prior to going were horrible, I was so nervous as they took me into the room. Within 5 minutes the procedure was over, no pain at all. The only sensation I had was the coldness as they cleaned the area. Please, if anyone is reading this, do not worry at all. The staff were wonderful, I didn’t even know they were in my bladder till they showed me on the screen. They used anesthetic cream and that worked.

Comment from: Charles, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I had cystoscopy because of occasional blood in urine following having a Foley catheter in the hospital. The urologist used no numbing gel or any anesthesia. He gave me no antibiotic after the procedure. Very painful. After two days I had a severe urinary infection; temperature of 102, pulse of 119, chills and shaking. I have been on Cipro for over 2 weeks and the infection is finally almost gone. If I ever have to have a cystoscopy again I will not want it in a doctor's office but in a hospital - more sterile conditions, and anesthesia.

Comment from: Chris , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I had a cystoscopy last week, a numbing fluid was inserted into my penis and the doctor started work with the scope within seconds, giving no time for the numbing to take effect. The pain was terrible and I thought that he was unnecessarily rough with me, maybe because I asked if he could use a male assistant. Never again unless I’m knocked out.

Comment from: Splash, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

I had cystoscopy because of severe pain in the urethra after a nerve ablation to my lower back. Next day I had so much pain in my lower abdomen and lots of sensation like I had to urinate but I didn't; just severe pain and pressure like I had to urinate but my bladder was empty. It has been five months now and they still cannot find out what's wrong and I am in constant pain and lots of inflammation all over my abdomen.

Comment from: OK Boy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I had cystoscopy done this afternoon. As described by many, a syringe of numbing gel was inserted 5 minutes before the procedure. I had minor burn/sting as scope passed through my prostate. No discomfort at all as the scope entered and looked at the bladder, and no discomfort as it was removed. From disinfecting preparation through end of procedure it probably lasted 7 minutes. I have had minor burn/sting when urinating since the procedure. Not much to dread here, guys.

Comment from: JLGz, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I had blood in my semen, and trace blood in the urine. I had the cystoscopy done as well as a CT scan. Both came back negative, bladder and kidneys are fine. I am on blood thinners and break blood vessels very easily. I was very fearful of the procedure, however, it was painless. I also imagined the doctor would have to go in about 12 inches to get to the bladder, but this was not the case. The only discomfort I had was some burning as the scope went past the prostate. But this is not painful.

Comment from: LS, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

Microscopic blood was found in my urine so I had a cystoscopy. My experience was painful. The doctor did not provide any type of numbing medication. After about 5 unsuccessful attempts, the doctor finally said my urethra was too small and recommended that I have the procedure performed at an ambulatory surgery center. At this time I would receive sedation to dilate me. I will not follow through with this unless I can be put under general anesthesia. It is just too painful for me.

Comment from: jdm jr., 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I needed cystoscopy to remove a stent after kidney stone issues. This occurred in the year 2000, I had extremely major pain and ended up crying, it was so bad. Now in 2019 I must face this procedure again and not looking forward to it. I asked the doctor if they could do the procedure using a sedative drug called Versed, and he said 99.9 percent of stent removals are office procedure. Anyway I hope it works out better this time 19 years later.

Comment from: richard, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 28

I had cystoscopy due to blood in my urine. Procedure was sprung upon me as I went to see the doctor. I was told it would be uncomfortable, but not painful. This was wrong, it hurt like blazes and I had to tell the doctor to stop. I went back for the same, a few days later, and was given sedation. What a different experience, no pain, in fact I don't even remember having it. Trust me, insist on sedation if you have a cystoscopy.

Comment from: ndeshi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 10

I needed a cystoscopy to find the cause of my hematuria.

Comment from: John, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had cystoscopy because of a small amount of blood in my urine. It was the most painful thing I have ever had done. I had to tell them to stop half way through. I went back a week later, this time under sedation and was pain free. They said it would be pain free the first time, but it wasn’t true. Insist on sedation or general anesthetic.

Comment from: Mariana, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

For two and a half years I had burning sensation during and after I urinated. I went to an urgent care and they didn’t find any infection. Two and a half years after on and off episodes I decided to go to a urologist and was scheduled for a cystoscopy. The procedure itself was about 45 minutes to an hour. I was put to sleep and didn’t feel anything until after when I went to urinate that I had that burning sensation due to the irritation of the procedure. I was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.

Comment from: Richham, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I would not say cystoscopy is painless however the pain was short and manageable. The doctors initially wanted to do it without a sedative or any medication. After hearing some stories I pressed for a Valium and nitrous oxide and they gave it to me. I still felt the pain even with the sedatives. There was a sharp pain when he went through the prostate followed by a strong urge to urinate like when you urinate and stop midstream. The pain was over quickly and the procedure was no longer than 30 to 45 seconds.

Comment from: Meliss1990, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I have had a cystoscopy done twice. This time it was due to microscopic blood in my urine. This procedure is not only painful during but also after. It hurts so bad to urinate as well as causes severe stomach and lower back pain.

Comment from: Tuck, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

The urologist recommended a cystoscopy, following urinary retention issue. I had this procedure this morning; some discomfort but for me not excruciating pain. Two hours later I am having lunch and a few pops at a local establishment.

Comment from: Fred, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I had the cystoscopy procedure due to microscopic blood in urine, and it was excruciating beyond belief. I don’t believe I had sufficient local anesthetic. Make sure you are numb in this area prior to the procedure, otherwise watch out!

Comment from: Willem, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 22

Due to an enlarged prostate, a cystoscopy was needed. I was told by a nurse, a couple of days before, the procedure could be painful. The brochure I got stated that it could be painful as well, and could take about 15 minutes. Of course I was nervous about the whole thing, but there was no need to be. The doctor used a flexible line, it was not painful at all and the procedure took all of 5 minutes.

Comment from: Bo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I passed a bit of blood which apparently came from a kidney stone. The doctor wanted to do a cystoscopy to ensure nothing was wrong with the bladder. Procedure was done in the office with no general anesthesia, just a tube of lidocaine or something similar injected in urethra prior to procedure. Minor pain as scope passed prostate. Nurse's preparation lasted about twenty minutes with genital scrub and sterilization and injection of anesthetic. Actual procedure lasted about three minutes. No discomfort afterward. And, fortunately, nothing found.

Comment from: Cheryl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I went this week for a cystoscopy because of microscopic blood in urine. This was picked up by my general physician on routine urine test. I'm a smoker and 50 years old and told I was high risk for bladder cancer. Urologist did ultra sound and nothing was found! I then had CAT scan and nothing found. I had my cystoscopy under general anesthesia with three biopsies. I woke up with pain level of 4 and was manageable. First few times urinating was painful but drinking lots of water helps take the sting out! I would do it all over again because early cancer is treatable! I now have peace of mind.

Comment from: marto, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

After a bout with prostatitis, the urologist wanted to do a cystoscopy to see if anything was going on. The procedure was very painful, I will never ever have it done again unless if under some form of general anesthesia. I was not even aware that this was even going to be that painful.

Comment from: over60inATL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

There was blood in my urine. I had my first cystoscopy today and it was nothing like I thought it would be in my mind. It was over in 3 minutes and I got to see what the doctor saw, as it was happening. No pain at all.

Comment from: It-won't-hurt-BULL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

Two days ago I had a cystoscopy in the urologist’s office with topical anesthetic due to microscopic blood in urine. The doctor said I'd feel a bit of a pinch and maybe some burning. But it was very painful, more like an electrical pinch/burn that went on and on. Then after getting home urination was excruciating for the first 12 hours with lots of burning and blood, not just spotting like the doctor's office said. I will never have this done again unless I'm under general anesthesia.

Comment from: Nv2ny , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had cystoscopy and diagnosed with bladder cancer.

Comment from: Andy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I had a cystoscopy in the hospital after surgery. It must have been 30 years ago. I remember it as terribly painful and swore I would rather die next time. Now I am scheduled for the procedure in two weeks. I'm sweating bullets. I will probably insist on a general anesthesia.

Comment from: RJ, 65-74 (Patient) Published: April 10

One day after driving for a good while I had to urinate and it just trickled out, and then nothing at all. I went to the hospital they put a catheter up my penis and set me up with a urologist. He put me on tamsulosin 4 mg twice daily after doing cystoscopy examination, and now a colonoscopy test is there.

Comment from: Jim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

Anybody that tells you that having a cystoscopy is a breeze is outright wrong. The procedure itself is painful enough but the real pain comes when you try and urinate after the procedure. It feels 10 times worse than passing a large kidney stone. The pain is so bad that you literally dread the thought of urinating. I will never do this again!

Comment from: Angela , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had cystoscopy done as a young child in the 70s. I wasn’t given a general anesthetic, as apparently the person inserting the tube needed to know when the tube ‘hurt me’. It was incredibly traumatic, the pain was terrible. My parents were told to hold me down. It felt like it was never going to end and I still have flash backs and real issues from it now, 30 plus years later. I strongly advise against it for children.

Comment from: Maz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I had a flexible cystoscopy this morning. I found it was fine, just a sting at first and then nothing. I wasn't prepared for the pain I've had when urinating though, my goodness, it was horrendous, I'm now scared of going to the toilet.

Comment from: Kentekhas, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I had flexible cystoscopy done and it was painless. Took about three minutes and I was able to see what the doctor was seeing on screen. No big deal and everything turned out fine.

Comment from: takamitzia, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 08

Do not have this cystoscopy procedure without anesthesia. Procedure was short but the pain was off the charts. All I got was some topical gel; shame on the hospital for not offering at least nitrous oxide or something comparable.

Comment from: Alan Fraser, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 04

I went for a cystoscopy today. I read the pamphlet on the procedure and knew what they were going to do. They put in the gel that was supposed to numb my penis but it didn't. They started to put the camera in and I thought the doctor had put a hot knife into my penis, it was so painful. I was screaming in pain and twice I told them to stop which they finally did, and my procedure was stopped. The gel they put in didn't work at all, it was so painful, and now I have to get a general anesthesia.

Comment from: Jenny B, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 06

I disagree with anyone who a cystoscopy isn't painful. They use a plastic tube with a small amount of gel and anesthetic. I thought at least I would be numb. It was so bad that I couldn't stand it so they had to stop. I am now having it done while I am asleep, this is definitely the best option.

Comment from: Jeanie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I had a cystoscopy a little over a year ago. Approximately one month after the procedure I started spotting blood and that has continued once or twice a month.

Comment from: Anna, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

My cystoscopy was absolutely fine, over in minutes and I barely felt a thing. The worst bit was them filling the bladder for a clear look. Make sure you drink plenty afterwards and it is fine.

Comment from: thegrons, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

I had my cystoscopy done with just the lidocaine gel and it was painless. I am a wimp when it comes to pain, all I felt was a tad bit of burning for maybe 5 to 6 seconds; and this burning wasn't painful. If you need a cystoscopy, it is a piece of cake. It doesn't take long, nor does it feel eerie or invasive. No need to freak-out guys!

Comment from: Shane121, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I did my cystoscopy with Botox injections. It hurt more than expected. First I gave a urinalysis, then they placed an 18fr catheter to drain my bladder. They instilled 60 of lidocaine in my bladder for the Botox injections. He removed the catheter. Started the test with just K-Y jelly for lubrication. The stinging in the urethra was intense. I go back in 3 months for a repeat.

Comment from: Cerros, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I am due for a cystoscopy in a week, but after reading these reviews I'm terrified to go through with it! He will not be giving anesthetic.

Comment from: Cheryl , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I had terrible pain with cystoscopy! No sedation. I will never have it again without sedation.

Comment from: Chandrakanth, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 15

I cannot believe there was no pain with cystoscopy. I got my cystoscopy done in 2000 and it was so painful that I do not want to even remember again. Perhaps now there may be anesthesia. Even after cystoscopy I suffered pain for more than six months, since the blood clot inside needs to clear as it obstructs the passage of urine, and when urine is passed, there will be pain. I cannot believe the way it is written.

Comment from: chandler, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

Even though I am very healthy, I had a urine test that showed a small amount of blood in urine. My doctor advised me to have a cystoscopy.

Comment from: Feather, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

I had a frequent need to urinate. I had blood in my urine for two years and I decided I need to evaluate what is causing this, especially the onset of really urgent urination and severe pressure. I had an MRI last week with showed cysts, urethral diverticula and am having surgery to remove those and will be scoping the stomach at the same time via laparoscopy and possibly removing the ovary because of tumor.

Comment from: BLONDGOD, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I was urinating a lo of blood and urinating was extremely painful.

Comment from: endosucks18, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I had a cystoscopy because I have endometriosis and they wanted to see if any had found it's way into my bladder.

Comment from: barima, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

55 years old. There was blood in my urine due to an enlarged prostate.

Comment from: gateway, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

A narrowing of the urine stream caused me to go for cystoscopy.

Comment from: ZIGABA, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 20

I have had a one time occurrent of what appeared to be blood in the urine. My urologist has ordered the cystoscopy for me.

Comment from: martdon, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 03

When I urinate I show a split stream. My urologist is looking for something that may be blocking the flow in my urethra. My prostrate was normal, and the cystoscopy was normal. I am showing bleeding one day later.

Comment from: me, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

Escalating level (from trace to 1+) of blood in urine samples over the past 18 months had my PCP send me to a urologist who is recommending a cystoscopy in addition to an ultrasound (renal) to investigate/evaluate possible causes.

Comment from: JW, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Just had my 5th Cystoscopy. I get repeated bacterial & interstitial cystitis. This time I have had botox injected into the bladder walls to help prevent my bladder from shrinking and the walls from cracking.

Comment from: Jack, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 06

Repeated episodes of blood in urine, along with intense pain while trying to pass urine. Antibiotics seem to rectify the problem, but it keeps occuring when I finish the course of antibiotics. I've had four separate courses of antibiotics, and the pain and bleeding has returned within 2 to 3 days of finishing each couese. However I completed the last course nearly 6 weeks ago and so far all seems okay. I'm told by the urologist that the cystoscopy is to try and determine why the infection kept returning. I'm now wondering whether I should leasve well enough alone.

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