Flexible Cystoscopy (male)
Flexible cystoscopy (male) is a procedure that uses a flexible telescope to check for problems in a man’s bladder.
What is Flexible Cystoscopy?
A flexible cystoscopy is a frequently performed test that examines the inside of your bladder. It is a minimally invasive procedure so you will not have any cuts.
In men, a flexible telescope is inserted into the urethra through the tip of their penis. It does not usually hurt but you may feel some discomfort. A local anaesthetic is typically used to numb the area and prevent infection.
Being flexible, the telescope bends following an S-shaped course from the penis, through the prostate gland and to your bladder. You may feel like you need to pee during the procedure.
The procedure is performed if you have urinary symptoms such as blood in your pee, problems peeing, recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and ongoing pelvic pain. These problems are best diagnosed by looking inside your bladder using a cystoscope.
If your doctor sees a problem during the cystoscopy, they may remove small pieces of tissue, called a biopsy. If they find a small growth, polyp or stone, they may remove it through the cystoscope using tiny instruments.
How long does it take to do a flexible cystoscopy?
A flexible cystoscopy for men is a straightforward and quick outpatient procedure that usually takes about ten minutes.
What is the recovery process after a flexible cystoscopy?
Your healthcare team will discuss the results of your test. If a biopsy was taken, you will need to wait for these results to come back from the laboratory.
You should be able to go home on the same day.
As soon as you feel able, you can return to your normal activities including work, exercise and having sex. This can be as soon as the same day.
Normally, men feel some discomfort when peeing and they may see a small amount of blood in their pee for a day or two.
What is the cost of a flexible cystoscopy?
You will receive a formal quotation price following your consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This formal quote for your flexible cystoscopy will be valid for 60 days and includes unlimited aftercare.
Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. Flexible cystoscopy is covered by most medical insurance policies. We advise you to obtain written authorisation from your insurance provider before starting your treatment.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for the procedure yourself. These include:
- Interest-free finance – 0% interest, no deposit and affordable monthly instalments.
- All-inclusive Total Care – a one-off pre-agreed payment for access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance.
- Pay as you go – flexible funding to pay for treatment as and when costs arise. Often used if your treatment costs are difficult to assess.
Flexible Cystoscopy at Ramsay Health Care
Our highly experienced urologists will assess and advise you at a convenient consultation without waiting at a Ramsay Hospital of your choice. They will take a detailed medical history, examine your abdomen, pelvis and prostate gland, and ask about your urinary symptoms. Other tests and investigations may be arranged on-site including blood tests and ultrasound.
Many of our hospitals have dedicated state-of-the-art endoscopy suites that use the latest equipment and technology and are JAG accredited for their high-quality endoscopy services. A flexible cystoscopy (male) is performed in an outpatient setting and you will benefit from a fast turnaround of biopsy results or further treatment if needed.