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What is a Cystoscopy?
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Is the Flexible Cystoscope used only to examine the bladder?
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Flexible Cystoscopy- What is a Cystoscopy?

The bladder is a muscular bag, which, when full, is about the size of a grapefruit. It stores urine which reaches it through the ureters [tubes which connect the kidneys to the bladder]. When the time comes to pass water, the muscle wall squeezes the urine out into the urethra. In Women, the urethra is only about an inch long. In Men, it is much longer and follows an s-shaped course from the bladder outlet, where it passes through the prostate gland and down the end of the penis.
When you have a Cystoscopy, a tube containing miniature telescope is passed down the urethra so that the doctor can examine the inside of the bladder and the urethra itself.

Why a Flexible Cystoscopy?
The new flexible cystoscope bends freely, adjusting itself to fit the curving male urethra. This allows it to pass through painlessly, avoiding the need for a general anaesthetic. The examination is carried out with the patient lying relatively flat, in a comfortable position.


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