Cystoscopy Rigid Female
A rigid cystoscopy is usually a safe and effective procedure to find out if there is a problem with your bladder.
What is cystoscopy rigid female?
A rigid cystoscopy (female) is a procedure to check for and diagnose any problems in your bladder using a rigid telescope, called a cystoscope.
A biopsy sample may be taken and sent to a laboratory for investigation.
Some problems with your bladder and urinary tubes can be treated at the same time, such as removing a small growth (polyp) or stone through the cystoscope.
Why would you need a rigid cystoscopy?
Often, the only way that your doctor can be sure of what is happening in your bladder is to look inside it using a cystoscope and take samples of your bladder lining for laboratory examination.
You might need a rigid cystoscopy if:
- You have urinary tract infection symptoms that require investigation by looking inside your bladder.
- You have had a flexible cystoscopy that revealed a suspicious area in your bladder and requires a biopsy.
- You have previously had treatment for bladder tumours and require follow-up surveillance after treatment, such as after immunotherapy to treat bladder cancer.
- You require distension of your bladder to treat urinary tract infection symptoms, such as bladder pain, and a frequent and urgent desire to pass urine.
- You have urinary symptoms and your urethra needs examining and possibly dilating.
- You are unable to tolerate flexible cystoscopy under local anaesthetic.
Urinary problem symptoms that a rigid cystoscopy can help to diagnose include:
- Frequent urinary tract infections
- Blood in your urine (haematuria)
- Difficulty or pain when urinating
Is a rigid cystoscopy painful?
No, a rigid cystoscopy is not painful. You will be given a general or spinal anaesthetic that will put you to sleep or numb your lower half. You may feel a short, sharp pain when the anaesthetic injection is given.
What are the costs to do a cystoscopy rigid female?
The cost of a rigid cystoscopy female will depend on your Ramsay hospital of choice and whether biopsies are taken and if treatment, such as a polyp or bladder stone removal, is performed at the same time.
You will receive a formal quotation price after your consultation with one of our expert surgeons. This formal quote for your rigid cystoscopy will be valid for 60 days.
Ramsay is recognised by all major medical insurers. Rigid cystoscopy female is covered by most medical insurance policies. We advise that you check with and obtain written confirmation from your insurance provider prior to having this procedure.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your 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.
What is the recovery process for a cystoscopy rigid female?
After a cystoscopy rigid female, you should be able to go home the same day, once you have recovered from your anaesthetic and passed urine.
You should rest at home for a day or two. Someone should stay with you and you should not drive or drink alcohol for the first 24 hours.
You can return to work, exercise and have sex once you feel able and ready.
Your healthcare team will tell you the findings of your cystoscopy and discuss with you any treatment or follow-up, if needed.
Cystoscopy rigid female at Ramsay Health Care
Ramsay’s urology consultants expertly perform rigid cystoscopy female using the latest technology. Many of our hospitals have dedicated state-of-the-art endoscopy suites that are JAG accredited for their high-quality endoscopy services.
Your rigid cystoscopy is safely and effectively performed under a general or spinal anaesthetic. You will benefit from a fast turnaround of biopsy results or further treatment if needed.
Your urologist works as part of a multidisciplinary team and will support you from your first consultation, during your procedure, and throughout your recovery. During an initial convenient consultation without waiting, they will assess and advise you in comfortable, private, and well-equipped consulting rooms. Your urologist may arrange other on-site tests including blood tests and a pelvic ultrasound.
In consultation with you, your urologist will then plan your cystoscopy, explain what will happen during the procedure, advise you about any preparation needed, and take the time to answer all of your questions.
All Ramsay hospitals follow strict protocols to control and prevent infection, including Covid 19.