Cystoscopy for Men and Women at New York Urology Specialists: All You Need to Know

by Alex Shteynshlyuger


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-4477.

We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.  Information for out-of-state and international patients

We offer affordable appointment costs for treatment by a top urologist with or without insurance.


What is Cystoscopy?

Cystoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that is commonly performed by urologists for diagnosis and treatment of urinary and bladder problems.  A cystoscope is a diagnostic device consisting of a  long lens of about 1/4 inch in diameter (the size of a slender pen) which is used to visualize the urethra and the urinary bladder.

At New York Urology Specialists we used video-cystoscopy which projects the image of the urethra and the bladder to a high definition monitor. This allows the urologist to better visualize the fine details of the urethra and the bladder while at the same time allowing the patient to see the inside of the urinary tract as visualized by a urologist.  This has been shown to decrease the discomfort of cystoscopy to the patient.

At New York Urology Specialists we use a tiny fiber-optic cystoscope which allows for inspection of the urinary bladder in our office under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort.  The procedure typically takes less than 5 minutes to do. Our patients are able to go on with their daily routine right after cystoscopy.

At New York Urology Specialists, we offer same-day cystoscopy for patients without urinary tract infection.  Schedule a consultation for cystoscopy today.

Cystoscopy provides a much better evaluation of the urinary tract including the urethra and the bladder than what can be obtained from ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI.

Cystoscopies are often performed in men and women with significant urinary symptoms that did not respond to initial treatment.

Cystoscopy is also indicated when there are suspicious areas in the urethra and the bladder to suspect a urethral stricture.  Men and women who have blood in urine need cystoscopy as part of a full evaluation of hematuria.  Cystoscopy is also performed as part of other procedures including TURP, TURBT, ureteral stent insertion and removal as well as other specific circumstances.  Cystoscopy can be performed using a flexible cystoscope or rigid cystoscope.

Flexible Cystoscopy

Cystoscopy using the flexible cystoscope can be usually performed in the office settings in men and women with local anesthesia with minimal discomfort.  After cystoscopy one can expect some urinary frequency and burning which usually goes away within 2-3 days after the procedure.  Bleeding is not common but one may experience a small amount of bloody urine after office cystoscopy.  There is a small risk of infection after the procedure – a single dose of prophylactic antibiotics is typically given.  Should one experience fevers, chills, or malaise, one should promptly report these symptoms to a physician or go to the nearest emergency room.

Rigid Cystoscopy

Rigid cystoscopy is usually performed under spinal or general anesthesia. However, in women, it may be performed in-office settings with local anesthesia with minimal discomfort as the urethral anatomy is different in women.  After the procedure, similar side effects can be expected as after flexible cystoscopy which includes frequent urination, urinary burning, and small amounts of blood in the urine.  If one is unable to urinate after drinking an adequate amount of fluid, has more than a few drops of blood in their urine, or has symptoms of infection such as fevers chills or malaise, please promptly report these to the treating physician or go to the nearest emergency room.

What is the Preparation for Cystoscopy?

It is important to inform your urologist of all the regular medications you are on. Certain medications like blood thinners can lead to excessive bleeding during cystoscopy, and these may need to be stopped a few days before the procedure. People with weak immune systems may need to be prescribed antibiotics as a preventive measure before they undergo a cystoscopy.

If your cystoscopy is being done under local anesthesia, you can eat and drink normally on the day of your procedure. You may be given a sedative medication to help you relax, but still remain aware during the cystoscopy. If you are undergoing cystoscopy under general anesthesia, you will receive more detailed instructions for preparation.

How Painful is Cystoscopy?

Cystoscopy is uncomfortable, but not usually painful. Most people experience a pain score of 1-3 out of 10 on the visual analog scale (VAS). The VAS is a method of pain self-assessment where 0 denotes no pain, 1-3 denotes mild pain, 4-6 denotes moderate pain, 7-9 denotes severe pain, and 10 denotes the worst possible pain.

When cystoscopy is performed under local anesthesia, you may feel a slight burning sensation. It is also common to experience the urge to urinate when the cystoscope is inserted and removed from the urethra. When the saline solution is pumped into the bladder, a cool sensation, a mildly uncomfortable feeling of fullness, or an urgent need to urinate can be expected. You will be encouraged to empty your bladder once the procedure has been completed.

What is the Recovery after Cystoscopy?

You will be able to go home the same day and resume your daily routine after outpatient cystoscopy. If you receive sedation or general anesthesia, you will be observed for a few hours in the recovery room until the effects of the medications wear off. You might experience some mild side effects for 1-3 days after cystoscopy, including:

  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Feeling of urgency
  • Dysuria (painful urination) or burning with urination
  • Bleeding from the urethra (pink urine or blood on the toilet tissue)

These symptoms are usually short-lived and can be relieved by drinking plenty of water to flush out the bladder. You could also try holding a warm, moist washcloth over the urethra to relieve mild pain.

Where to Find Top Urologist in NYC?

At New York Urology Specialists, we offer same-day appointments, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment for men and women

Call/text today: 1-646-663-4477 or make an appointment online.  

We perform blood and urine testing, ultrasound of the kidneys, bladder ultrasound, prostate ultrasound, and testicular ultrasound.  Our office is equipped with the latest equipment to perform a cystoscopy, urodynamic testing, no-scalpel vasectomy, Botox injections in the urinary bladder, genital wart removal, circumcision, Rezum, and Urolift procedures.  Our experienced urologists perform genital wart removal, adult circumcision, no-scalpel vasectomy, penile implants, Urolift procedure as well as many other surgeries.  We treat sexual and erection problems and offer comprehensive STD testing for infections. We offer confidential appointments. Our prices are affordable with or without insurance. We offer free insurance verification.

Cost of Treatment and Insurances

At New York Urology Specialists we offer affordable treatment for men and women. Our prices are low for patients without insurance and for those who have high insurance copays, high deductibles, or insurance plans that do not cover treatment costs. 

We accept many health insurance plans.  We would be happy to verify your eligibility and benefits and to provide you with detailed information on your health plan’s coverage.  Financing options and credit options are available to help you pay for medical care.

Why Choose New York Urology Specialists for Treatment of Urological Problems?

  • All treatment is performed by a board-certified urologist experienced in the treatment of urinary problems, sexual problems as well as cancers affecting the kidneys, urinary bladder, prostate, and the testis.
  • We are one of the few practices in the region to offer a full range of options for the treatment of urological problems in men and women.
  • We offer diagnostic testing in our office which avoids hospital costs.
  • Extensive Experience: Thousands of men and women of all ages have treated successfully using medical therapy, surgery, and office procedures.

Scheduling Appointments with a Top Urologist in NYC at New York Urology Specialists

 


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-4477.

We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.  Information for out-of-state and international patients

We offer affordable appointment costs for treatment by a top urologist with or without insurance.

We offer weekday, weekend, and evening office hours.   We also speak Spanish & Russian languages.


Minimally Invasive Surgery With Fast Recovery at New York Urology Specialists

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexual problems in men.  We treat urinary problems in men and women.  We also treat a variety of other problems including frequent UTI, blood in urine, STDs, and genital warts.  We understand the challenges that urological problems such as frequent urination, urinary incontinence, UTIs, perineal and pelvic pain, pain in the penis, erectile dysfunction, and curvature create for our patients, their relationships and their self-esteem.  We help you find a treatment for urological problems that fit your needs, lifestyle, and your preferences.

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of men and women with urinary and sexual problems that include kidney problems, bladder problems, penis problems, scrotal problems, and erectile dysfunction. By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and woman who desires an effective treatment for any problem that affects the genitourinary system that is the focus of our urologists.  We offer medical and surgical treatment for men’s sexual problems.

We Treat Some of the Most Complex Urological Problems Including:

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:

Call/text today: 1-646-663-4477 or make an appointment online

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship-trained board-certified urologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods.  He offers effective treatment for urinary problems in men and women, sexual problems including erectile dysfunction, Peyronie’s disease in men.

He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation, please contact us or call/text: 1-646-663-4477.

We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.  Information for out-of-state and international patients We offer affordable appointment costs for treatment by a top urologist with or without insurance.

Find out our office hours or directions to our office.  We offer weekday, weekend, and evening office hours.