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120 Trinity Place
Athens, GA 30607

Phone: (706) 543-2718
Fax: (706) 353-3709

120 Trinity Place
Athens, Georgia 30607

(706) 543-2718

Cystoscopy with Bladder Biopsy

Cystoscopy with bladder biopsy is a procedure performed with local anesthesia and often with conscious sedation, using a small telescope to look inside the bladder and obtain a sample of tissue.


  • Unusual area of bladder tissue
  • History of bladder cancer
  • Hematuria


The patient lies on an exam table on his back, and the opening of the urethra is cleaned and local anesthetic given. Conscious sedation is often given to help a patient be fully relaxed during the procedure. A cystoscope is then placed into the urethra and bladder, allowing the doctor to examine the inner lining of the bladder. A sample of tissue is then taken and sent to a pathologist for examination.

Side Effects

Most patients will experience some slight burning with urination or pass a small amount of blood for the first 24 hours after the procedure. If the burning persists longer than 24 hours, or the patient has heavy bleeding or passage of clots, a fever over 101°, or is unable to urinate, please contact us.