The doctor cautiously advances the cystoscope through the urethra into the bladder examining the inner surfaces of the urethra and bladder.
The bladder will be filled with a saline or sterile solution in order to inflate the bladder and allow the doctor to see clearly. As the bladder fills, the patient may feel the need to urinate, but must wait until the examination is complete. The procedure should take about 10-15 minutes.
During the cystoscopy, your doctor may take tissue samples for lab testing, or perform other additional procedures as well.